Monday, 3 March 2014

Living in Unity

Glory to God!

Two Sundays ago Alexander Blair spoke to us about living God's dream and how God wants us, as the Church, to reveal His Kingdom on earth as it is in heaven. Looking at God's vision for KLF: To be a people who live the Kingdom life wherever we are, we looked at our need to understand the Church's role in the Kingdom and how we need to live according to the priorities of God's dominion. We also looked at how God wants us to be a people of influence and how we need to prepare ourselves in order to make an impact in this world. You can listen to Alexander's message here: Let's live God's dream.

Once a month Alexander Blair is equipping our people with a workshop on the prophetic with the result that many more people are learning to hear the voice of God. On Sunday we had a wonderful time in God's presence as many people brought encouraging prophetic words and impressions from the Father for His people. God is raising us up as His prophetic people so that we will resonate the Father's heart and decree the purposes of heaven on earth. Richard Morschel then spoke to us about being a community that lives in unity, as part of our series on Living Church. You can listen to the sermon here: Are you sticky?
We have seen that to Live C.h.u.r.c.h. is:
  • To be a community that lives Christ-centred lives.
  • To be a community that lives holy lives.
  • To be a community that lives in unity.
  • To be a community that lives in relationship.
  • To be a community that co-labours.
  • To be a community that lives healthy lives.
Looking at Ephesians 4:3 where it says, "Make every effort to keep the unity of the Spirit through the bond of peace," we noted the following:

  • Jesus purchased the unity of the Church with His blood. Eph 2:15
  • Our unity in Christ is God-given and not man-made. 1 Cor 12:12,13
  • As the Body of Christ, we must realise that Christ is not divided and that we must be careful to guard the unity we have received in Him. 1 Cor 1:13; 3:16,17
  • The "bond of peace" is the glue that preserves our unity and keeps us sticky.
  • We remain sticky or non-sticky by the way we see ourselves and others; by the way we listen to one another and by the way we speak about one another.
  • We remain sticky by seeing our lives as a gift to one another. When we think we are more important than others, we become non-sticky! Humility keeps us sticky. Rom 12:3-6; 1 Cor 4:7; Eph 4:11
  • We remain sticky when we submit to one another and listen to one another. When we don't listen in order to understand but are more concerned about being heard, we become non-sticky! James 1:19; Phil 2:1-4
  • We remain sticky when we protect and honour one another when we speak about one another. We become non-sticky when we judge one another rather than the behaviour or sin. 

We praise God for teaching us to be quick to guard the oneness we have in Christ as we learn to stay sticky!

Upcoming events

14,15.03.  Recovering Lost Ground Conference with Richard Maybery

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