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Series: Dynamic Effects of Spiritual Unity
INTRODUCTION: For God's people to build an enduring church that resists the spirit of our day, we must build with the dynamic, vital principle called ''unity.''The unity principle is God's weapon against the kingdom of darkness. God is a God of unified order with a unified, created universe ''multi-verse.'' God works from harmony to harmony - He is the God of harmony. God created man to work in unity. Job 10:8 reads, ''Your hands have made me and fashioned me, an intricate unity...'' We, as the people who make up our congregation, must understand and honor this vital principle and expect the dynamic effects that spiritual unity brings amongst God's people. We are a New Testament church, a body of people who have come together to fulfill the purposes of God.
I. UNITY IS AN INDIVISIBLE PRINCIPLE
1. ''There are two things - the actual and the ideal. To be mature is to see the ideal and live with the actual. To fail is to accept the actual and reject the ideal, and to accept only that which is ideal and refuse the actual is to be immature. Do not criticize the actual because you have seen the ideal. Do not reject the ideal because you see the actual. Maturity is to live with the actual but hold on to the ideal.'' -Derek Prince, The Actual and the Ideal: Christian Unity
2. The Great Divorce: In this book, C.S. Lewis writes about a fictional hell, where people can live and a fictional city where there is hatred, quarreling, gossip, violence, negative attitudes continually - every minute of the day. They continually move further and further from each other, from street to street until there is no place to move and everyone is totally separated, this is what C.S. Lewis calls hell.
3. State motto of Kentucky: ''United we stand, divided we fall.''
4. ''In essentials, unity; in non-essentials, liberty; in all things, charity.'' -Augustine
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