Series: “I LOVE MY CHURCH” by Pastor David R. Stokes
Sunday, September 30th, 2018: “WE HAVE A HEART FOR THE HOUSE: It’s About Promoting Unity”
Read: Psalm 133:1-3
King David wrote this little Psalm on the occasion of the unification of the Southern and Northern Kingdoms in Israel after the death of Saul (See: I Chronicles 11:1-9). It was one of those rare moments in national political life when there was a pervasive sense of collective goodwill. The people were one UNIT, thus UNITy.
It’s clear in the scriptures that God loves it when His children work and play well together. Jesus even prayed for this just before he went to the cross:
“…that all of them may be one, Father…” – John 17:21 (NIV)
There are many factors involved in true unity. Here are four of them:
A SENSE OF COMMUNITY (See: Philippians 2:1-4)
A CULTURE OF CONFIDENCE (See: I Thessalonians 5:12-13)
A COMMITMENT TO CONTINUITY (See: I Corinthians 15:58)
A PASSION FOR COMMISION (See: Matthew 28:18-20)
I like what Jim Cymbala, long time pastor of the great Brooklyn Tabernacle in New York wrote a few years ago in a book titled, “THE CHURCH GOD BLESSES”:
“Heaven’s great concern is not for the United Nations, global warming, or the financial markets of the world. Heaven’s great concern is for the extension of God’s Kingdom, the spreading of the gospel, the coming to understand who HE really is – and all of this depends on local Christian churches like yours and mine. God is not using angels to represent Himself, nor will a voice be heard from heaven to preach the gospel. He has chosen to work here on earth through his church.”
When have I experienced true unity in a group?
What are some of the things that will kill unity?
How does the Holy Spirit fuel unity?