Home Chapel Content - February 2016

Living in Harmony

Text: Roman 12:16

 

Memory Verse: Romans 12:16a (NKJV) Be of the same mind toward one another’.

 

Introduction:

The Big Idea: We will not live in harmony with one another until we learn HUMILITY. There are certain facts we need to know about Harmony. Let’s have a look at them.

 

  1. Harmony is ESSENTIAL for believers

The New Testament emphasises the importance of harmony among believers:

  • Jesus’ goal is that “there shall be one flock and one shepherd” – John 10:16
  • Jesus prayed for all future believers “that all of them may be one” - John 17:21 • Jesus prayed, “May they be brought to complete unity to let the world know that you sent me and have loved them even as you have loved me” – John 17:23 • Paul urged the Corinthians, “I appeal to you, brothers, in the name of our Lord Jesus Christ, that all of you agree with one another so that there may be no divisions among you and that you may be perfectly united in mind and thought” – 1 Corinthians 1:10 • Paul told the Ephesians that Christians are to “make every effort to keep the unity of the Spirit through the bond of peace” (Ephesians 4:3), and that the Lord gives gifts to the church “so that the body of Christ may be built up until we all reach unity in the faith and in the knowledge of the Son of God and become mature, attaining to the whole measure of the fullness of Christ” - Ephesians 4:12-13. • Paul can command the church to live in unity because there already is an actual spiritual unity in Christ which exists among genuine believers. He says, “There is one body…” – Ephesians 4:4-6 • And though the body of Christ consists of many members, those members are all “one body” – 1 Corinthians 10:17; 12:12-26. • Paul encouraged the Philippians, “Make my joy complete by being like-minded, having the same love, being one in spirit and purpose” Phillipians2:2 The New Testament give strong warnings against those who cause divisions: • “I urge you brothers, to watch out for those who cause divisions and put obstacles in your way that are contrary to the teaching you have learned. Keep away from them. For such people are not serving our Lord Jesus Christ, but their own appetites” Romans 16:17-18a. • Paul apposed Peter to his face because he separated from Gentile Christians and began eating only with Jewish Christians - Galatians 2:11-14. • Those who promote “discord…dissension, factions…shall not inherit the kingdom of God” Galatians 5:20-21.

 

  1. The greatest enemy of harmony is PRIDE

Someone has said, “Pride is the ground in which all other sins grow.” “Pride only breeds quarrels” Proverbs 13:10a. Two biblical examples: • The disciples: “A dispute arose among them as to which of them was considered to be greatest” Luke 22:24. • The example of Diotrephes: “I wrote to the church, but Diotrephes, who loves to be first, will have nothing to do with us. So if I come, I will call attention to what he is doing, gossiping maliciously about us. Not satisfied with that, he refuses to welcome the brothers. He also stops those who want to do so and puts them out of the church” 3 John 9-10. When Augustine was asked to list the principles of the Christian life, he answered, “First, humility. Second, humility. Third, humility.”

 

  1. When feeling proud, remind yourself of a few facts
  2. Remind yourself of what Christ did: He HUMBLED Himself The humility of Christ: • We take pride in social rank, but it was said of Jesus, “Isn’t this the carpenter’s son?” - Matthew 13:55. • We take pride in possessions, but it was said of Jesus, “The Son of Man has no place to lay his head” - Luke 9:58. • We take pride in our respectability, but it was said of Jesus, “Can anything good come out of Nazareth?” John 1:46. • We take pride in our personal appearance, but it was said of Jesus, “He had no beauty or majesty to attract us to him” - Isaiah 53:2. • We take pride in our reputation, but it was said of Jesus, “Here is a glutton and a drunkard” Luke 7:34. • We take pride in our friendships, but it was said of Jesus, “He is a friend of tax collectors and ‘sinners’” – Luke 7:34. • We take pride in our education, but it was said of Jesus, “How did this man get such learning without having studied!” - John 7:15. • We take pride in position, but Jesus said, “I am among you as one who serves” - Luke 22:27. • We take pride in our success, but it was said of Jesus, “He was despised and rejected” - Isaiah 53:3. • We take pride in our abilities, but Jesus said, “By myself I can do nothing” - John 5:30. • We take pride in our independence, but Jesus said, “I seek not to please myself but him who sent me” – John 5:30. • We take pride in our justifiable resentment, but Jesus said, “Father, forgive them.” “And being found in appearance as a man, he humbled himself and became obedient to death—even death on a cross!” - Philippians 2:8. When I survey the wondrous cross, On which the Prince of glory died, My richest gain I count but loss, And pour contempt on all my pride.—Isaac Watts

 

  1. Remind yourself of who you are: A sinner saved by GRACE

 

Paul’s self-assessment: • “I am the least of the apostles” 1 Corinthian 15:9. • “I am the least of all God’s people” Ephesians 3:8. • “I am the worst of sinners” 1Timothy 1:15. c. Remind yourself of who others are: People VALUED by God

 

“May the God who gives endurance and encouragement give you a spirit of unity among yourselves as you follow Christ Jesus, so that with one heart and mouth you may glorify the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ” Romans 15:5.

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