Summary: This is part #2, we ponder the need of unity and teamwork to build the church, commitment to the whole.
ME, MYSELF AND I,or PART OF THE GROUP! #2
By Wade Martin Hughes, Sr. Kyfingers@aol.com
This is part #2... This is part 2 of a series, this will be taught in several lessons.
PROVERBS 11:25 The liberal soul shall be made fat:
AND HE THAT WATERETH SHALL BE WATERED ALSO HIMSELF.
Ephesians 4:16 From whom the whole body fitly joined together and compacted by that which every joint
supplieth, according to the effectual working in the measure of every part, maketh increase of the body
unto the edifying of itself in love.
Psalms 133: 1 Behold, how good and pleasant it is for brethren to dwell together in UNITY!
Ephesians 3:17 That Christ may dwell in your hearts by faith: that you being ROOTED
and GROUNDED in LOVE!
I start this lesson with an illustration MIXTURE VS. COMPOUND...
I have a hand full of pea sized gravel, and a glass of water. I drop the pea sized gravel into the glass of water,and then I vigorously stir. The rocks remain separated from the water.
I have a packet of salt and I mix the salt into a glass of water. I then observe the different reaction of the stirring. The salt loses itself in the water. (Note: if the water is warm the salt dissolves quicker.)
In one glass the two parts remain two parts. In the other glass the two parts so blend that I cannot see the salt.
I then have a bottle of vinegar and oil. They are separated, the oil is on top. After vigorous shaking the two seemingly come together. After a space of time, the two ingredients begin separating again. Their blending is at best only temporary.
I ask how this illustration might represent the family and the church? Which does the Holy Spirit desire?
If we could reduce all things we would find atoms. The atom is so small that we will never see an atom.
Learn how to split atoms and you will have an atomic or nuclear bomb.
When atoms combine you have molecules. A molecule is the smallest part of a substance that retains all the
properties of the substance. Molecules combine in complex ways and life is formed.
1.THE SIN OF ADAM AND EVE HAS MANY ANGLES TO OBSERVE.
THEY LOST SIGHT OF THE WHOLE, THEY FOCUSED ON INDIVIDUAL RIGHTS?
ADAM AND EVE NEVER REALLY EMBRACED GOD AND WHAT GOD WANTED.
God came down in the cool of the evening and walked and talked with Adam and Eve.
They were personal friends with God, but they never took the time to TRUST God nor to KNOW HIM!
BEFORE YOU CAN TRUST GOD --- YOU HAVE TO LISTEN TO HIS WORD!
Adam and Eve seemed to love themselves much more than they loved God.
All Adam and Eve seemed to be interested in was, what is in this for me?
They didn’t care about what God wanted? They didn’t care about their children?
They didn’t care about the group of people that would follow after them.
Seems Adam and Eve didn’t really trust God.
They felt like God was withholding something from them that they deserved?
Instead of trusting God and God’s rules, they were so taken in by themselves they lost sight of the goal.
Adam and Eve became so focused on their "TO BE GOD PROJECT" that they could justify sin.
The enemy came by and sucked them right into their self centeredness, that all they could think about is what they
were doing. They forgot --- God, God’s words, and God’s Promises.
ARE YOU TRUSTING GOD? DO YOU KNOW GOD? WILL YOU CHASE YOUR OWN RAINBOW?
Adam and Eve seemed bent on pursuing their own self interest, not God’s!
2. IT’S MY PARTY AND I CAN CRY IF I WANT TO...? AND I WANT TO...!
Modern Christianity is in danger when we focus on individuals rights and demands. This tends to breed selfishness
and immaturity. We need to focus on God and God’s Word! We must fix our hearts and our minds to trust the Word of God.
The Word of God does the Work of God.
The body has many different parts, yet the different parts all function differently. The body is formed for the whole, not the whole for the part. You can pluck out an eye, and the body can continue to function. But then the plucked out eye will not function.
Selfishness within the body can become a cancer of manipulation and control.
3. WHEN SELF LOVE, SELFISHNESS, DEMANDING YOUR OWN WAY BECOMES THE NORM!
Norm --- acceptable standard of behavior, average, conforming to a pattern.
PAUL WARNS TIMOTHY OF A DAY COMING WHERE SELFISHNESS, SELF FEEDING, PREFERRING ONE’S
OWN WELFARE WITHOUT REGARD TO THE GROUP OR THE WHOLE NEEDS. THIS SELFISHNESS WILL