Summary: The only way we can stand strong in our families, churches and communities is when we walk in unity and guard against division and strife.

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INTRODUCTION: Vision 2016: “Seek God First.”

• “Oh, taste and see that the Lord is good; Blessed is the man who trusts in Him!” (Psalm 34:8, NKJV).

• My hope is that this year you will catch a glimpse of the awesomeness of Jesus, and Seek God First in every area of your life! He is GOOD! Preach…

• TESTIMONY: Youth on Friday night – 7 students made first time decisions for Jesus!

• “So now we can rejoice in our wonderful new relationship with God because our Lord Jesus Christ has made us friends of God.” (Romans 5:11, NLT).

OPENING TEXT: “If a kingdom is divided against itself, that kingdom cannot stand. If a house is divided against itself, that house cannot stand.” (Mark 3:24-25, NKJV).

THE BIG IDEA: The only way we can stand strong in our families, churches and communities is when we walk in unity and guard against division and strife.


• For the past three weeks, we have been studying the story of kings and prophets in Israel.

• The first three kings in a unified Israel were Saul, David and Solomon.

• As we come into First Kings Chapter 12, King Solomon has just died.


“1 Rehoboam went to Shechem, where all Israel had gathered to make him king. 2 When Jeroboam son of Nebat heard of this, he returned from Egypt, for he had fled to Egypt to escape from King Solomon. 3 The leaders of Israel summoned him, and Jeroboam and the whole assembly of Israel went to speak with Rehoboam. 4 “Your father was a hard master,” they said. “Lighten the harsh labor demands and heavy taxes that your father imposed on us. Then we will be your loyal subjects.” 5 Rehoboam replied, “Give me three days to think this over. Then come back for my answer.” So the people went away.” (1 Kings 12:1-5, NLT).

• Solomon began ruling unwisely by overtaxing the people, forcing them into hard labor.

• His son Rehoboam is being crowned king, and the people ask him to lighten up.


“6 Then King Rehoboam discussed the matter with the older men who had counseled his father, Solomon. “What is your advice?” he asked. “How should I answer these people?” 7 The older counselors replied, “If you are willing to be a servant to these people today and give them a favorable answer, they will always be your loyal subjects.” 8 But Rehoboam rejected the advice of the older men...” (1 Kings 12:6-8a, NLT).

• Here was some great advice from some wise men, but Rehoboam rejected it!

• This was good advice: Jesus taught the concept of servant leadership too:

• “But among you it will be different. Whoever wants to be a leader among you must be your servant.” (Mark 10:43, NKJV).

• Rehoboam’s dad Solomon had written: “Where there is no counsel, the people fall; But in the multitude of counselors there is safety.” (Proverbs 11:14, NKJV).

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