August is Unity month at FACCI – We will be focusing on increasing our unity, striving to keep the unity. Talking, sharing and getting to know each other. Any winning that we do as a church we must do it together. The Lord has created the Body of Christ so that we can’t win without each other – I know sometimes I feel like saying, ” fine if no body else wants to grow on in God , I’m going by myself”. But that’s not how it works.
Ephesians 2:21 In whom all the building fitly framed together groweth unto an holy temple in the Lord. Ephesians 4:16 From whom the whole body fitly joined together and compacted by that which every joint supplieth, according to the effectual working in the measure of every part, maketh increase of the body unto the edifying of itself in love.This is why the Lord gives us the analogy of the human body. He didn;t call it, the organization of Christ or the corporation of Christ but the Body of Christ.Don’t let the devil tell you – nobody loves you at that church, you had 3 conflicts you should go somewhere else. Nobody hugged you last week you should leave. Reach out to others and develop relationships. “Proverbs 18:24 A man that hath friends must shew himself friendly.You sow a harvest of love towards others and you will reap a harvest of love – Rather than focusing on what others are not doing for you focus on how you can be God’s vessel of love. If one doesn’t like you reach out to somebody else. Minister to someone else and you will feel better. Your depression goes away when you encourage and pray with someone else. Get in a small FOLD group, you can even start one – ( See Elder Vincent) People get discipled and encouraged in small groups. When you have a crisis – they are the folk that will reach out on an on- going basis. As pastors we can’t know everyone personally or take time to counsel each one of you. There are other folk in the body that God has called to help us to care for and nurture you. Pastor C’s message was wonderful Sunday – (Check it out Streamingfaith.com and share it with others) Scientists have recently discovered that those people who have problems developing relationships, it actually affects their health in a negative way. We were created for community.Hebrews 10:24 -And let us consider one another to provoke unto love and to good works: Provoke one another to love – it didn’t just say provoke one another but provoke one another to love. Reach out to those people that get on your nerves – they are your testing ground – there is a lesson in that relationship for you to learn – if you don’t – that same personality will keep coming into your life until you learn the lesson. You can go to a desert island – a monkey will come out of the forest with that same personality.Galatians 6:7 -Be not deceived; God is not mocked: for whatsoever a man soweth, that shall he also reap. This is a confession we all made on Sunday – read it over and try to live your life by it. It is based on the Word of God – WE love you. Pastor Ja.We are one family under God, we stand against strife and the accuser of the brethern, we bind the spirit of offense, we lose love, healing and peace.Since we are all called to travel on the same road and in the same direction, we will stay together, both outwardly and inwardly. We have one Master, one flesh, one baptism, one God and Father of all who rules over all, works through all. If we have a complaint against another, even as Christ forgave us, so we also must do. Above all things, we put on love, which is the bond of perfection, and we let the peace of God rule in our hearts.Father, we commit to pray for one another, keeping our eyes open and keeping each other’s spirit up, so that no one falls behind or drops out. We will not avoid worshiping together but encouraging each other on.Our Father wants us to grow up, He keeps us in step with each other. His very breath and blood flow through us, nourishing us so that we will grow healthy in God.We will not avoid worshiping together but encouraging each other on.Our Father wants us to grow up, He keeps us in step with each other. His very breath and blood flow through us, nourishing us so that we will grow healthy in God.If we have a complaint against another, even as Christ forgave us, so we also must do. Above all things, we put on love, which is the bond of perfection, and we let the peace of God rule in our hearts.