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The Dynamic Effects of Spiritual Unity (2 of 4)
Pastor Frank Damazio
INTRODUCTION: Unity is not natural in our fallen world. Division and fragmentation are signs of sickness. The enemy is at work. Sin causes divisions and separations. Cohesion and unity are God's ways and are evidence of His presence. Our congregation has risen to the challenge of fulfilling a large and complex vision. We are moving to another level of ministry and faith. Unity is not an option. It is an essential. It may be the difference between hitting the mark and missing the mark. We are excited about our future; we are also cautious, walking humbly and wisely. Unity is the cry of the Holy Spirit to our congregation at this pivotal moment in our journey.
I. A CONGREGATION THAT FUNCTIONS IN HARMONY
• Harmony: From the Greek meaning to set together, agreement, concert, to fit or adapt. It means the adaptation of parts to each other to form a connected whole. In music it is the union of different sounds which pleases the ear (Websters 1828 dictionary).
• Harmony is accomplished when all parts become one whole, working in agreement.
• Agree - (Gk) sumphoneo - to harmonize as in one accord; to cooperate together; to bind together as in agreement.
• Has it ever occurred to you that one hundred pianos all tuned to the same fork are automatically tuned to each other? They are of one accord by being tuned, not to each other, but to another standard to which each one must individually bow. So one hundred worshipers [meeting] together, each one looking away to Christ, are in heart nearer to each other than they could possibly be, were they to become 'unity' conscious and turn their eyes away from God to strive for closer fellowship.
Matt 18:15-20 Moreover if your brother sins against you, go and tell him his fault between you and him alone. If he hears you, you have gained your brother. But if he will not hear, take with you one or two more, that 'by the mouth of two or three ...
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