Summary: This sermon discusses the need for unity in the church, and the need to align ourselves with Christ.
Some Christians are Dumber than Geese
John 15:1-8, Eph 4:11- 16
I. How many of you were ever told when you were little, " you don’t have the sense of a goose".
A. I guess I was special because I was told that a lot. The ADHD probably had something to do with it.
B. I can relate to Mark Lowery when he says " Mt parents told me one day you are going to be something special but until them please take this pill.
C. When I was kid I was told "you don’t have the sense of a goose" more times than I can remember.
D. But now I think that it may have been more of a complement than any of us realize
E. As a matter of fact there are a lot of things that I think we Christians can learn from a goose.
F. If more Christians were like geese we might be doing a better job as servants of God..
II. Did you know that when geese fly in a V formation each bird flapping it’s wings creates an up draft for all the others coming behind it.
A. By doing this it increases the flying range of the each bird by 71%.
B. A Goose that can fly 500 miles by himself can fly 855 miles with a group.
C. We Christians can learn a great lesson from this.
D. A group people that share common goals can get somewhere easier and faster than one alone can.
(Eph 4:1-6 NIV) As a prisoner for the Lord, then, I urge you to live a life worthy of the calling you have received. Be completely humble and gentle; be patient, bearing with one another in love. Make every effort to keep the unity of the Spirit through the bond of peace. There is one body and one Spirit-- just as you were called to one hope when you were called--one Lord, one faith, one baptism; one God and Father of all, who is over all and through all and in all.
E. Of all the things that a church can have unity is the most valuable, and the Paul puts a great deal of importance on unity.
(Rom 12:16 NIV) Live in harmony with one another. Do not be proud, but be willing to associate with people of low position. Do not be conceited.
(Rom 14:19 NIV) Let us therefore make every effort to do what leads to peace and to mutual edification.
(Rom 15:5-6 NIV) May the God who gives endurance and encouragement give you a spirit of unity among yourselves as you follow Christ Jesus, so that with one heart and mouth you may glorify the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ.
(1 Cor 1:10 NIV) I appeal to you, brothers, in the name of our Lord Jesus Christ, that all of you agree with one another so that there may be no divisions among you and that you may be perfectly united in mind and thought.
(2 Cor 13:11 NIV) Finally, brothers, good-by. Aim for perfection, listen to my appeal, be of one mind, live in peace. And the God of love and peace will be with you.
F. Unity is one of the most valuable things that a church can have.
G. If we all catch a vision of what this church can be, and work toward accomplishing a common goal we can accomplish unbelievable things.
H. But if we argue and grumble among ourselves we will destroy all that God wants to do through this church. I have seen it happen over and over again to churches that were doing a good work with God. Someone starts grumbling, and then they choose sides and before you know it satan has them tearing at each other, and all the good that they have done in the past is destroyed.
I. Aesop tells the story about four bulls who were great friends. They went every where together, fed together, and laid down rest together, always keeping so close that if any danger was near they could all face it together. There was a lion that had decided he was going to eat them, but he could he could never get at them singled out. He was an easy match for anyone of them alone, but not for all four of them at once. But he would watch for his opportunity, and when one them lagged a little from the others as they grazed, he would creep up and whisper that the other bulls were saying unkind things about him and the four friends became uneasy. Each thought the other three were plotting against them so they started to suspect each other, and so they put distance between each other, and quit sticking together and the loin was then able to destroy them all.