What is the greatest threat to our survival and well being? A massive meteor? A meltdown in the market? A Korean crackpot? While those are all big deals, the thing that I believe is the biggest hazard to our health is “division”. Jesus put it well in Mark 3:25 when He said “a house divided against itself cannot stand”. That means divided countries won’t last long or be strong, and neither will divided families nor divided churches. Let’s face it our world in general and country in particular is deeply divided and needs to come together before it’s too late. But how can that happen? Is unity even possible? Does the church have something, anything to offer?
Join us this Sunday as we see what God has to say about overcoming division and how we can create a community through unity. As we kick off a brand new series, we will “come together” with our dear friends from Victory Community Church (our sister congregation) and discover four things that occur when grace and race meet. If you liked our first ever combined worship service last year (which was awesome!), you’re gonna love our second annual combined worship service this year. Our two musical teams and teaching teams will be “coming together” to provide a taste of what heaven will look, sound and feel like and trust me- you do not want to miss this one!
It’s going to be a spectacular day and a timely topic so be sure to drop by, bring a friend and get ready to rock the gates of Heaven. I hope you have a wonderful weekend and that you and your crew experience God’s peace, presence and joy. I am beyond blessed to have you in my life.
Sure do love you,
Some Of This Coming Week’s Scripture Passages: (Your One-A-Day Vitamin)
Ephesians 4:3-7 Make every effort to keep the unity of the Spirit through the bond of peace. There is one body and one Spirit, just as you were called to one hope when you were called; one Lord, one faith, one baptism; one God and Father of all, who is over all and through all and in all. But to each one of us grace has been given as Christ apportioned it.
1 John 1:3,7 We proclaim to you what we have seen and heard, so that you also may have fellowship with us. And our fellowship is with the Father and with His Son, Jesus Christ… But if we walk in the light, as He is in the light, we have fellowship with one another, and the blood of Jesus, His Son, purifies us from all sin.
1 Peter 4:11 If anyone speaks, they should do so as one who speaks the very words of God. If anyone serves, they should do so with the strength God provides, so that in all things God may be praised through Jesus Christ. To Him be the glory and the power for ever and ever. Amen.
Matthew 25:42-43 I was hungry and you gave Me nothing to eat, I was thirsty and you gave Me nothing to drink, I was a stranger and you did not invite Me in, I needed clothes and you did not clothe Me, I was sick and in prison and you did not look after Me.’
Colossians 3:11-14 Here there is no Gentile or Jew, circumcised or uncircumcised, barbarian, Scythian, slave or free, but Christ is all, and is in all. Therefore, as God’s chosen people, holy and dearly loved, clothe yourselves with compassion… Bear with each other and forgive one another … And over all these virtues put on love, which binds them all together in perfect unity.
Psalm 133:1 Behold, how good and how pleasant it is for brothers to dwell together in unity!
Gal 3:26-29 So in Christ Jesus you are all children of God through faith, for all of you who were baptized into Christ have clothed yourselves with Christ. There is neither Jew nor Gentile, neither slave nor free, nor is there male and female, for you are all one in Christ Jesus. If you belong to Christ, then you are Abraham’s seed, and heirs according to the promise.