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The Atmosphere Of Unity (6 of 6)
Introduction: Unity is not natural in our fallen world. The enemy is at work and sin causes divisions and separation. Cohesion and unity are God's ways and are evidence of His presence. For a church to move to a new level of ministry and faith, unity is essential. It may be the difference between hitting the mark and missing the mark.
In a Peanuts cartoon Lucy demanded that Linus change TV channels, threatening him with her fist if he didn't. "What makes you think you can walk right in here and take over?" asks Linus. "These five fingers," says Lucy. "Individually they're nothing but when I curl them together like this into a single unit, they form a weapon that is terrible to behold." "Which channel do you want?" asks Linus. Turning away, he looks at his fingers and says, "Why can't you guys get organized like that?"
I. DEFINING THE ATMOSPHERE OF UNITY
A. THE POWERFUL ATMOSPHERE OF UNITY
1. Matthew 18:19-20 Again I say to you that if two of you agree on earth concerning anything that they ask, it will be done for them by My Father in heaven. For where two or three are gathered together in My name, I am there in the midst of them.
2. Unity: Harmony, working together with one heart, one soul, one vision, one mission, one spirit, living in one accord.
3. Harmony: To agree together, to harmonize, cooperate together, bind together in agreement, to fit or adapt, a connected whole.
B. AN ATMOSPHERE OF "TOGETHER"
1. Gather together
2. Suffer together
3. Sing together
4. Joined together
5. Worship together
6. Stand together
7. Pray together
8. Agree together
9. Planted together
10. Laborers together
11. Framed together
12. Quickened together
II. THE POWERFUL ATMOSPHERE OF UNITY
A. UNITY SCRIPTURES
John 17:20-23 I do not pray for these alone, but also for those who will believe in Me through their word; that they all may be one, as You, ...
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