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Summary: A Message on the Importance of Unity in the Church

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VISION DESTROYED BY DIVISION

I CORINTHIANS 1:10-11

1CORINTHIANS 12:12-27

I WANT TO PREACH TONIGHT ON THIS THOUGH

VISION DESTROYED BY DIVISION

A. Behold, how good and how pleasant it is for brethren to dwell together in unity! David declared in Psalm 133:1

No matter how much a local church has going for it, division can negate it’s vision.

The word division is constructed of the word vision with the prefix "di", which means, "double".

Double vision can be dangerous

If you are seeing two of everything you need to make a trip to the eye doctor.

IF THERE IS DISHARMONY IN THE LOCAL CHURCH YOU NEED SOME SPIRITUAL DOCTORING.

1. There is nothing better than a church, a group of brethren, who dwell together in unity.

NOTICE SOMETHINGS ABOUT UNITY TONIGHT

I. THE CALL FOR UNITY

2. Paul wrote to the Philippians, Fulfil ye my joy, that ye be likeminded, having the same love, being of one accord, of one mind (Phil 2:2)

a. He had seen the effects of a unified church

b. It was strong, it persevered, it kept the faith.

3. In Acts 4:32 we read: And the multitude of them that believed were of one heart and of one soul:

The Early Church was ONE in UNITY even in the midst of persecution!!!

THIS UNIFIED CHURCH

1. Was turning the world up-side down (Acts 17:6)

2. People were getting saved, right and left, even hundreds right and left!

3. The church saw the power of God at work and worked for God’s kingdom night and day!

ILLUSTRATE

I was reading the Other day about when the British and French were fighting in Canada in the 1750s

Admiral Phipps, commander of the British fleet, was told to anchor outside Quebec.

He was given orders to wait for the British land forces to arrive, then support them when they attacked the city.

Phipps’ navy arrived early.

As the admiral waited, he became annoyed by the STATUES OF THE SAINTS that adorned the towers of a nearby cathedral, so he commanded his men to shoot at them with the ships’ cannons.

No one knows how many rounds were fired or how many statues were knocked out, but when the land forces arrived and the signal was given to attack, the admiral was of no help.

He had used up all his ammunition shooting at the “saints.”

Unfortunately, the same could be said for many Christians today.

When God calls on them to do something great for Him they have

nothing left to give for they have used up their ammunition

shooting at other saints.

Throughout church history -- Churches have split for the stupidest of

reasons.

There are all sorts of Church Problems that are really not Problems

Things get blowed out of Proportion

Things get taken to the extreme

Most of What Baptist Fight over isn’t worth Fighting Over!!!

IF WE WOULD GET AS STIRRED ABOUT SOULS AS WE DO

SOME OF THIS INSIGNIFICANT STUFF WE COULD DO A

WORK FOR GOD

ILLUSTRATE

Not Long ago I read something that was in an issue of National Geographic

There was a photograph of the fossil remains of two saber-tooth cats locked in combat.

To quote the article: “One had bitten deep into the leg bone of the other, a thrust that trapped both in a common fate.”


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