Thank you for joining us this morning! Wish I could see you, hear from you, be with you… praying that we will be together soon!
- The Journey: 1-A new, or renewed attitude about our church, 2-Our church will begin to change.
- God placed us in churches to serve, to care for others, to pray for leaders, to learn, to teach, to give, and, in some cases, to die for the sake of the gospel.
- We are all necessary parts of the whole; we are different but we still work together.
- Everything we say and do is based on a Biblical foundation of love.
- I will serve. I will evangelize. I will study. I will seek to be a blessing to others.
Q: How is the “love chapter,” 1 Cor. 13, related to church membership? Explain using all 13 verses of the chapter.
A: (Submitted by Christopher Uganiza – Thank you for sharing your answer with us, Chris!) I think that 1 Cor. 13 can be related to church membership because without love, the church body wouldn’t be able to function. In the first 3 verses it talks about how you could have all the knowledge and faith to move mountains, but without love, you’re nothing. That could be related to the church body because you need to be able to love one another in order to function properly as one church body.
Today’s Devotion: Chapter 2 – I Will Be a Unifying Church Member (part 1)
Jesus was clear when He said: “By this all people will know that you are My disciples, if you have love for one another” ~John 13:35. When we become a part of His church, He wants us to be a unifying presence there.
That Thing Called Unity Unity is important. Unity is critical. When church members don’t work together, the church is weaker as a whole. Let’s look up and read a few scriptures together ~ Eph. 1:15-16, Eph. 4:1-3, Col. 3:14. Please take time to share about these scriptures. Our responsibility as church members is to be a source of unity. We love unconditionally. While that doesn’t mean we agree with everyone all the time, it does mean we are willing to sacrifice our own preferences to keep unity in our church.
Question: What did Paul mean when he said in Col. 3:14 that love is the perfect bond of unity? What does that mean for the local church today? (You can answer this individually, or take time together as a family) Let’s be ready to share with each other next Sunday.
Next week >>> Chapter 2 – I Will Be a Unifying Church Member (part 2)
Let’s pray: Father, we thank You for being the true definition of love. Thank You, Holy Spirit, for giving us strength, wisdom, and grace to uphold Your love as a child of God. Help us to remember by loving, we are promoting unity, and this pleases You. We depend on Your Holy Spirit to walk in love and unity. We continue to pray for any unspoken requests represented in our congregation. We pray for opportunities to share Your love with our unsaved loved ones. We thank You in advance for the day that our churches will be able to open once again, to gather in Your name, and to be able to worship You in one accord. You are in control. We desire Your will to be done in all things. We praise You, and we glorify You. In Jesus’ name, amen.