DRAFT   We Stand WITH each other

Ephesians 4:1-7 “I therefore, a prisoner for the Lord, urge you to walk in a manner worthy of the calling to which you have been called, with all humility and gentleness, with patience, bearing with one another in love, 3 eager to maintain the unity of the Spirit in the bond of peace.  There is one body and one Spirit—just as you were called to the one hope that belongs to your call—one Lord, one faith, one baptism, one God and Father of all, who is over all and through all and in all.  But grace was given to each one of use according to the measure of Christ’s gift.”   ESV

James 5:19-20 “My brothers, if anyone among you wanders from the truth and someone brings him back, let him know that whoever brings back a sinner from his wandering will save his soul from death and will cover a multitude of sins.”  ESV

Ephesians 4:11-16 “Andhe gave theapostles, the prophets, theevangelists, thepastors and teachers,  to equip the saints for the work of ministry, for building upthe body of Christ, until we all attain tothe unity of the faith and of the knowledge of the Son of God,to mature manhood,to the measure of the stature ofthe fullness of Christ, so that we may no longer be children,tossed to and fro by the waves and carried about by every wind of doctrine, by human cunning, by craftiness indeceitful schemes. Rather,speaking the truth in love, we are togrow up in every way into him who isthe head, into Christ,  from whom the whole body, joined and held together by every joint with which it is equipped,when each part is working properly, makes the body grow so that it builds itself up in love.”  ESV

Do any of you have younger siblings?  That you used to torment?  Yes, me too.   But, do you also remember what happened if someone else messed with your sibling?   You came to their defense!  NOBODY hurt your brother or sister EXCEPT YOU!

Sometimes churches are like that.  We may fight and fuss, but when adversity rises us we come together.  THE CHURCH SHOULD STAND TOGETHER in all seasons!

  1. We are all in this together
    1. We need each other
    2. There should be no “Lone Ranger” Christians

                                          i.     Even he had Tonto

  1. Our Church family helps us grow and mature
  2. Our church family should help us return to God when we have strayed away
    1. The concept that you can be a member of or attend a church and not be an active part of the community serving together would have been foreign to the early church.
    2. A lazy western culture developed the “One and Done” concept of church.

                                          i.     Being a member of a Church is not a SUNDAY ONLY event

                                        ii.     Being a member of a Church is not a gift exchange

                                      iii.     Being a member of a church is not a business contact session or a dating site

  1. Being a member of a church is binding together with like believing brothers and sisters to SERVE GOD
  2. Being a member of a church is agreeing that God’s Word is RIGHT even if it is not comfortable, convenient or cozy!
  1. We need each other just to simply WALK this earthly plain
    1. To urge us along
    2. To encourage us
    3. To correct us
    4. To help us
  2. We need each other to bear the work of Ministry together
    1. We all have a part to play
    2. We all have a position to fill
    3. We all work together to keep the church held together
    4. We all work together in unity to see God’s Work become fruitful and multiply
  3. We need our church
    1. We need to be faithful
    2. We need to be giving
    3. We need to be serving
    4. We need to be LOVING