Participating (4-9)

Journey, New Year, Isaiah, Corner, New Chapter, Beginning, Dayton, Church of God, Pennsylvania, Sermon Series

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Philippians 1:27-2:5 and Ephesians 4:1-7

Jerri Nielsen, an emergency room physician from Ohio, March 1999. She used ice as an anesthetic, stuck herself in the breast 20 times, hoping to get enough tissue for a biopsy. A welder trained as her co-surgeon – he practiced needle pricks and incisions with a potato and thawed chicken. And a mechanic set up a microscope and computer to transmit images of the biopsy to the United States.

There was much opposition to this rescue mission from the world and from those on the inside…

Opposition from the World with which Jesus was in conflict will also come to us and it will also come from the inside IF we are not alert to the schemes of the enemy to divide us, to use any of us in a moment of weakness or anger or hurt.

David, Abraham, Solomon, Moses…

The Enemy is out to destroy the Church… to cause dissention, discord, and disunity.

Be sober-minded; be watchful. Your adversary the devil prowls around like a roaring lion, seeking someone to devour. – 1 Peter 5:8

The thief comes only to steal and kill and destroy. – John 10:10

Philippians 2:2 – participation/Fellowship – This participation is not based on our feelings or on friendliness. We are in fact joined together by the Spirit of God, we are made a part of His Church by the Spirit of God! For in one Spirit we were all baptized into one body—Jews or Greeks, slaves or free—and all were made to drink of one Spirit. – 1 Corinthians 12:13

Romans 12 one body… Ephesians 4 Participation with the church builds unity among the congregation and within the body of Christ.

In 1 Corinthians 12 we are told that the body does not consist of one member but of many…  And God has arranged the members in the body, each one of them, as he chose. If all were a single member, where would the body be? As it is, there are many parts, yet one body.

Prayer, giving, discipleship, coming together keeps everybody informed, of one mind, and focused on the purpose God has given us together as a congregation of His Church. If you are not connected or plugged in, how are you actively a part of what God is seeking to accomplish?

If you are off doing something else that is not connected to the purpose God has given us?

God has placed you here in these communities, not in other communities, not in another congregation, but here, with us, for a purpose!

Prayer, giving, outreach, worship.

In Ephesians 4,I therefore, a prisoner for the Lord, urge you to walk in a manner worthy of the calling to which you have been called, with all humility and gentleness, with patience, bearing with one another in love, eager to maintain the unity of the Spirit in the bond of peace.

So if there is any encouragement in Christ, any comfort from love, any participation in the Spirit, any affection and sympathy, complete my joy by being of the same mind, having the same love, being in full accord and of one mind. – Philippians 2:1-2

And they devoted themselves to the apostles’ teaching and the fellowship, to the breaking of bread and the prayers. – Acts 2:42 ESV

Further Reading: Amos 3:3, John 13:35, 17:23, Acts 2:42, Romans 12:3-21, 1 Corinthians 1:10-12, 12:12-14, 2 Corinthians 5:14-17, Hebrews 10:24-25, 1 Peter 2:1-12

Digging Deeper:

  • Are you participating in unity with Christ and His Church?
  • How does participating with the church build unity?
  • How are you going to participate in what this congregation of His Church is doing?

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