Sometimes the Lord just wants to move and speak in a different way than was planned. Certainly this morning was one of those times. Therefore, as promised, here is the outline that was used for the sermon, T.E.A.M. The podcast will be available in iTunes a little later today.
To Remain Unified We Must Remember:
- The Gospel gives unity to the church (vv. 12-13).
- The church is bigger than one person (v. 14).
- Everyone is needed in the church (vv. 15-17).
- Become part of the team. We started this morning by saying, the most important number in this text was the number one. There is one body, one Spirit, one Lord, and one baptism. Well, there is another important number one, that is, there is only one way to be saved. Jesus said in John 14:6, “I am the way, the truth, and the life; no one comes to the Father but by Me.” Then in Ephesians 2:8-9 it says, “For by grace you have been saved through faith, not of yourself, it is the free gift of God; not of works, so that no one can boast.”
- Show love and appreciation to each other. Remember, Jesus said how the world will know we love Him and belong to Him is by how we treat each other. We must treats others as though they matter more to us than we matter to us. If someone misses a Sunday, call them, text them, or visit them. Send them a card on their birthday. If you know they are struggling, go spend some time with them.
- Do your part. Nothing will bring the morale on a team down further than finger pointing and blaming others for the poor performance of the team. In the same way, nothing defames the Gospel like church members who talk about each other in a negative way. If you have time to talk about someone else, there is a good chance that you aren’t doing what you are supposed to. At the end of the day, you are hurting the team more than someone who may not be doing the best job at something in the church. The cure for this is for you to know your spiritual gift, and then focus on using it for the glory of God and the good of the church. If you don’t know what your spiritual gifting is, please see me after service. I would love to be able to help you discover it, and begin using it. In fact, we need you. The church won’t become all we are to be until we are all doing what we have been called to do.
May the Lord use His people for His glory, the salvation of the lost, and the building up of His church.