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A Congregation Working in Harmony (2 of 3)
Series: Dynamic Effects of Spiritual Unity
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
1. Psalm 133: Behold, how good and how pleasant it is for brethren to dwell together in unity! It is like the precious oil upon the head, running down on the beard, the beard of Aaron, running down on the edge of his garments. It is like the dew of Hermon, descending upon the mountains of Zion; for there the Lord commanded the blessing-life forevermore.
2. Matthew 18:19-20, Amplified: Again I tell you, if two of you on earth agree (harmonize together, make a symphony together) about whatever [anything and everything] they may ask, it will come to pass and be done for them by My Father in heaven. For wherever two or three are gathered (drawn together as My followers) in (into) My name, there I Am in the midst of them.
3. Nehemiah 4:19: Then I said to the nobles, the rulers, and the rest of the people, ''The work is great and extensive, and we are separated far from one another on the wall.''
4. Ephesians 4:3-6: …endeavoring to keep the unity of the Spirit in the bond of peace. 4 There is one body and one Spirit, just as you were called in one hope of your calling; one Lord, one faith, one baptism; one God and Father of all, who is abo ...
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