Wednesday, February 11, 2009

Church Unity

The NGWC Transition Team is beginning to work on the "Mission" Focus Point of the Intentional Interim process. As we move from "Heritage" to "Mission", I am wanting the congregation to reflect on church unity. Why? Greater church unity should be the fruit of the just completed work on "Heritage" and this unity is needed to accomplish "Mission".

Last Sunday I preached from John 17 and challenged the congregation about the unanswered prayer of Jesus - church unity. The reason that this prayer has not been answered is because God has left the answer up to us. We have to choose to have church unity.

Unity is not easy because it requires submission. I love the movie "Hoosiers" for many reasons. The movie's emphasis on team unity is one of them. Watch this clip from the movie to see what I mean!

If you have watched the movie or know the history of Indiana high school basketball then you know that this small town school won the state championship against incredible odds.

There is much power in unity. Even when people are trying to do the wrong thing there is power in unity. Notice what God said when the people starting building the tower of Babel: "If as one people speaking the same language they have begun to do this, then nothing they plan to do will be impossible for them."

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