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Rev. Carl H. Kemp, Pastor

Protecting Your Church

July 18, 2004


Point to Ponder: It’s “MY” responsibility to protect the unity of my church. 

            Romans 14: 12—23 

God loves unity. God desires us to experience oneness and harmony with each other. The Trinity is unified and God wants us to be unified, too. Our heavenly Father, like every parent, enjoys watching his children get along with each other. Jesus, in his final moments before being arrested, prayed passionately for our unity. [John 17: 20—26] And the Holy Spirit is the one who unites us in love. 

(2 Chr 30:12 NIV)  Also in Judah the hand of God was on the people to give them unity of mind to carry out what the king and his officials had ordered, following the word of the LORD. 

(Psa 133:1 NIV)  A song of ascents. Of David. How good and pleasant it is when brothers live together in unity!


(Rom 15:5 NIV)  May the God who gives endurance and encouragement give you a spirit of unity among yourselves as you follow Christ Jesus, 

(Eph 4:13 NIV) until we all reach unity in the faith and in the knowledge of the Son of God and become mature, attaining to the whole measure of the fullness of Christ. 

(Col 3:14 NIV)  And over all these virtues put on love, which binds them all together in perfect unity. 

            Nothing is more valuable to God than his church. He paid the highest price for it, and it is worth protecting.

Part of your responsibility as a believer is to protect the unity where you fellowship. You need to think of yourself as an agent of unity, commissioned by Jesus Christ to promote and preserve the fellowship among believers. 

(Eph 4:3 NIV)  Make every effort to keep the unity of the Spirit through the bond of peace. 

            Here are six ways you can be an agent of unity:

1.)     Focus on what we share in common, not our differences.

2.)     Be realistic in your expectations.

3.)     Choose to encourage rather than criticize.

4.)     Refuse to listen to gossip.

5.)     Support your Pastor and Leaders.

6.)     Practice God’s method for conflict resolution.

[Matthew 18: 15—17]

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