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Together by Pastor Bradley Speer.
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When people hear the word together, they probably shoreside the meaning. The Bible uses nearly 200 descriptions of the word together. Some of those meanings are to receive, struggle with or to be made alive with. Regardless of the supplemental action of being together, key elements to remember are harmony and the success that are achieved by being together. Without those two elements, all you are left with is proximity.
This musical picture brings out the fluid flow of a combination. If you know anything about music you know that harmony is never achieved if voices and instruments are not in the same key. In fact it does the complete opposite, and is realized rather quickly. We love our children but when they first start to learn an instrument, we fight through those recitals and hours of practice so they can become better and in sync with the accompaniment around them. The same is true about our faith with God. If we truly believe He is our God then we have to work together with Him.
Are you agreeing with God?
(Do you read His word and accept and act off the convictions that come out of being together with His Word & Spirit?)
Communication and understanding go hand in hand.
Read Genesis 11:1-9; Acts 2:1-8 and Psalm 133:1
The goal of agreeing is to agree on how to do something, and not just what to do.
To have success in harmony is to work off the desire of wanting to be together (Hebrews 10:24-25). There will never be any success, without acknowledging this characteristic. One of the best pictures of harmony is the human body. Paul describes the church with the same imagery. Our abilities are different and represent different parts of the body. Every church needs members that will show the love of Christ to all those they come in contact with, regardless of who someone is. These actions represent the hands and feet of the body of Christ, to go where people need help and provide the help that is needed.
Have you thought of how you can make the church better?
This question should never be satisfied, for we are all sinful and faulty. Since this is true of us all, we should never strive to seek after churches that we think are perfect. Charles Spurgeon said this about perfect churches, “if I had found one, I should have spoiled it, for it would not have been a perfect Church after I had become a member of it.” The chase of what we think is the perfect church, will give us the risk of being around people who think exactly like us, and we will have no one to share the gospel with. Instead let us join a church in order to make it better, and allow it, to make us better through the Spirit. Paul encourages this in Galatians 6:1-5. As you read this passage think of the difference between a load and burden. A load is what we have to do in order to be successful and a burden is something that will distract us from our goal.
Together: 1: Loving each other no matter what. 2: Being present and Consistently in someone’s life. 3: Benefitting each other in a mutual way.
Is there any one that you are helping carry their burden?
Is anyone carrying yours?
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