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Summary: The work in the church must be more than individual stars, but rather teamwork and giving for the best of others.

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ME, MYSELF, AND I -- VS. -- YOU, ME, AND US?

By Wade Martin Hughes, Sr. Kyfingers@aol.com

TEXT:

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 ediffying of itself in love.

Psalms 133: 1 Behold, how good and pleasant it is for brethren to dwell together in UNITY!

Proverbs 4:12 And if one prevail against him, two shall withstand him;

and a THREE FOLD CORD is NOT QUICKLY BROKEN!

Amos 3: 3 Can two walk together, except they be agreed?

Ephesians 3:17 That Christ may dwell in your hearts by faith: that you being ROOTED

and GROUNDED in LOVE!

1. 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.

2. TERMS:

ESPRIT DE CORPS:

THE COMMON SPIRIT EXISTING IN MEMBERS OF A GROUP AND INSPIRING ENTHUSIASM, DEVOTION,

AND STRONG REGARD FOR THE HONOR OF THE GROUP.

TEAM:

TWO OR MORE DRAFT ANIMALS HARNESSED TO THE SAME VEHICLE OR IMPLEMENT.

A number of people associated together in work or activity.

To put together in a coordinated ensemble...

Marked by devotion to teamwork rather than individual achievement.

TEAMWORK, TEAM SPIRIT:

WORK DONE BY SEVERAL ASSOCIATES WITH EACH DOING A PART BUT ALL SUBORDINATING

PERSONAL PROMINENCE TO THE EFFICIENCY OF THE WHOLE.

COMPOSITE:

Combining essential characteristics of individuals making up a group. Something formed by blending.

3. THE LESSON OF "GEE" AND "HAW"

Amos 3: 3 Can two walk together, except they be agreed?

In 1974 it was my first year teaching school in Lee County, Virginia. To better know my students, I made home visits.

I had 44 students all day long. Wow, no wonder I thought about quitting?

I had a student named Angela Lawson. Linda and I went to the Lawson home, at the foot of Sticklyville Mountain, and visited with Angie’s family. Her Dad had a pair of Morgan horses. Morgans are huge horses, often used to pull logs out of the woods. I was amazed as Mr. Lawson teamed the horses together, and hitched them to a drag. Mr. Lawson backed the team of horses to the drag, (sled), he threw two bales of hay for Linda and I to sit. He then stood in front of us


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