by Steve Wagers

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Two Fellas in the Same Ship! (5 of 10)
Series: How to Get Along with The Family!"
Steve N. Wagers
I John 1:3-7

1. The story is told of a horse-pull that has taken place for years in Canada. One horse pulled 9,000 pounds, and the other 8,000. Together you would expect them to pull 17,000 pounds. However, when teamed together, they pulled 30,000 pounds. The principle is called "synergism." By definition, the simultaneous action of separate agents working together has a greater total effect than the sum of their efforts combined. Simply put, more can be done in a team effort than can be accomplished individually. In order for the principle of "synergism" to work, as it should, there must be teamwork.

2. The church of God is a place where "synergism" is to take place as well. It is not a one-man show, nor a solo effort; rather, it is a place of teamwork and fellowship, where we work toward the common goal. One writer commented:
"The neighborhood bar is possibly the best counterfeit there is to the fellowship Christ wants in the Church. It's an imitation dispensing liquor instead of grace, escape instead of reality. But it is an accepting, inclusive fellowship. You can tell people your secrets and they don't tell others. The bar flourishes not because most people are alcoholics, but because God has put into the human heart the desire to know and to be known; the desire to love and be loved. And, so many sek the counterfeit, of God's fellowship, at the price of a few beers." 1

3. I think of John Fawcett, a British pastor, who was called to pastor a small congregation in Wainsgate, England. He labored there for 7 years, but his salary was so meager that he and his wife could scarcely obtain the necessities of life. Though the people were poor, they compensated for their lack by their faithfulness and warm fellowship. One day, Fawcett received a call from a much larger church in London, and after lengthy consideration, he decided to accep ...

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