Things that cannot be separated and be useful example:
Brush and hair
Unity is so important to the Church, probably more important than everything except the Gospel itself, which by the way is all about unity, us with Christ and us with each other.
But without unity we become as useless as a brush without hair, larry the Cucumber finds out in his song, where is my hair brush.
But Satan seeks to divide, just like he does in the second half of John 3 when we pick up in verse 25-26
What’s the best food in the world?
No its not its seafood.
Do you see how quickly division creeps up?
It seems like an innocent question and then we have Church splits.
I have seen and heard of Church splits over the craziest of things, pews or chairs, contemporary or classic, the color of the carpet, we didn’t have input.
On a very rare occasion do we every see unity break over what the Gospel says.
This is why the Bible, God’s Word, is so important to the Church, why we listen and gather, so we can remain in the unity of God’s Word and leave the wordly division behind.
A. After this
Jesus ministry didn’t pause
His life was the ministry of the Gospel
Preparing the bride for Restoration
Remember my wedding and waiting to see Andrea for the first time, she was so beautiful but it took nearly all day to get her ready.
And the ceremony took days to prepare.
Jesus had a lot of work to do in preparation, he had no time for breaks, your ministry is a full time gig.
This would be a priestly duty
They would be experts on this
This was a direct challenge to Jesus authority
B. One Baptism
a. Wasn’t a new thing
Always been an association of water and cleanliness
Baptism wasn’t anything new
What have we talked about recently that was about cleansing?
B. One Message
We cannot own it
belongs to God through Jesus
Not my testimony but his
Not my ministry
a. Belongs to God
That’s how we stay humble and in His will
My Church Phenomenon - thought of owning it or possessing it, like my truck (show picture) I say I own it, but I really don’t the bank owns it until I pay it off.
Or like my kids - these are my kids (show pictures) really not, they are God’s children and they are on loan to me to take care of.
It is important that we remember who all this belongs to.
i. not mine
A. Jesus the One
1. From Above
Not just a prophet
This is the Son of God
c. Speaking Heavenly things
2. God is True
a. Speaks the Spiritual Truth
Does not compromise
If we accept this, we accept God
Devil seeks to divide and that’s what was happening here.
B. Word of God
1. Father gave Him all things
So he freely gives out
Of the Holy Spirit
2. Everyone who believes
a. Everyone who does not
Only two categories here
The Devil always seeks to Divide and to separate, that’s his game.
First, he wants us to separate ourselves from the truth of Jesus, then from each other so he can destroy what God is building up.
Once you know its easy to defeat, always coming back to the one True Word.
So when we hear words like, masks or vaccine or quarantine, its OK because we are not going to allow these things to divide us, why because they are of Satan and don’t matter.
We will turn to the Lord and His Word for our way.
If we want to maintain unity, we go to the Word, we don’t read more or less into it, we just take it as it is.
We use the Word to guide us and to prevent division from creeping in and destroying the Church.
Let us remain forever united in the Word.