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Unity Precedes Revival

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Christians have to walk in loving unity as a family of God if we want revival to land on us and stay with us. Disunity grieves the Holy Spirit very easily.

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Unity Precedes Revival

  1. 1. UNITY PRECEDES REVIVAL United We Stand. Divided We Fall
  2. 2. OUR FOCUS FOR REVIVAL! Ourselves Our marriages Our families Our church We need unity to all this!
  3. 3. A BROKEN CIRCUIT BREAKSTHE FLOW OF POWER Unity is necessary for the Presence & power of God to flow among us.
  4. 4. POWER OF UNITY Every group of people who has ever lived has sought unity Businesses spend millions to unify its workers Government spend billions to unify its citizens Militaries cannot win wars without strict unity More military people die in battle without unity Every major religious spirit tries to unify its followers
  5. 5. POWER OF UNITY Tower of Babel: Unified idolatry that God had to oppose 13 united Colonies defeated the strongest nation on earth The United States: the richest and most powerful nation ever! Unions protected American workers rights Essential unity of Armed Forces, police, firemen, surgical team, football team, ants, bees, the functions of the human body.
  6. 6. UNITY ENABLES SYNERGY Synergy: The total effect of collaboration among people produces more than what each person could produce alone. Eccles. 4:9-10: “Two are better than one, because they have a good return for their labor: If either of them falls down, one can help the other up.”
  7. 7. TWO HORSE SYNERGY 1 Horse can pull 8000 LB. Two can pull 24,000 LB Two well-trained horses who have worked together: 32,000 LB
  8. 8. WHAT IS CHRISTIAN UNITY? Deliberate & constantly renewed commitment to love, serve and encourage other Christians who also are committed to the Person, purposes and values of God as revealed in the Bible. It is:“being of the same mind, having the same love…” Phil. 2:2 It is an expression of loving one another as Jesus loves us “Love one another with brotherly affection. Outdo one another in showing honor” Rom. 12:10 Christian unity is good only when it unifies people to love and serve God according foundational biblical values and purposes.
  9. 9. FOUNDATIONS OF UNITY The humble unity of One God in Three Persons: Father loves to honor Jesus Jesus says and does ONLY what the Father says and does  “I and the Father are one!” ( John 10:20) The Holy Spirit always points to Jesus, reminds us of Jesus
  10. 10. UNITY FOR CHRISTIANS Huge biblical theme in entire Bible God bestows blessings on unified believers: Ps. 133  “That they may all be one, just asYou, Father, are in Me… so that the world may believe that you have sent me.” John 17:21 Empowers corporate worship:“…so that with one accord you may with one voice glorify the God and Father of our Lord Jesus”  ( Rom. 15:5-6)
  11. 11. UNITY IS NOT Total doctrinal agreement Unity only with really holy people Demanding that their style or culture be like ours Only with Christians we like
  12. 12. BIBLICAL EXAMPLES OF UNITY “Again I say to you, that if two of you agree on earth about anything that they may ask, it shall be done for them by My Father who is in heaven.” ( Matthew 18:19) "For where two or three have gathered together in My name, I am there in their midst.” (Matthew 18:20) “So in Christ we, though many, form one body, and each member belongs to all the others.” ( Rom. 12:5) Jesus “began to send them out two by two and gave them authority over impure spirits.” Mark 6:7 “When the day of Pentecost had come, they were all together…” Acts 2:1
  13. 13. BIBLICAL EXAMPLES OF DISUNITY The Corinthian Church & Philippian Church Rebellion against Moses by Jews in the Exodus Achan’s theft of valuables in Jericho
  14. 14. THE CHURCH WAS BORN IN UNITY “And all those who had believed were together and had all things in common; and they began selling their property and possessions and were sharing them with all, as anyone might have need. Day by day continuing with one mind in the temple, and breaking bread from house to house, they were taking their meals together with gladness and sincerity of heart…” Acts 2:44-46
  15. 15. “How good and pleasant it is when God’s people live together in unity. ..For there the Lord bestows His blessing, even life forevermore.” Psalm 133 “But this is the one to whom I will look: he who is humble and contrite in spirit and trembles at my word.” Is. 66:2 “God resists the proud, but gives grace to the humble.” James 4:6 “Be devoted to one another in love. Honor one another above yourselves.” Romans 12:10 KINGDOM OF GOD CULTURE
  16. 16. Be “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.” Eph. 4:3-6  “Live in harmony with one another. Do not be haughty, but associate with the lowly. Never be wise in your own sight.” Romans 12:16 KINGDOM CULTURE & COMMANDS
  17. 17. “Submit to one another out of reverence for Christ.” Eph. 5:21 “Husbands, love your wives, just as Christ loved the church and gave himself up for her.” Eph. 5:25 “Now as the church submits to Christ, so also wives should submit to their husbands in everything.” Eph. 5:24 “Do nothing out of selfish ambition or empty pride, but in humility consider others more important than yourselves.” Phil. 2:3 KINGDOM CULTURE & COMMANDS
  18. 18. “…every city or house divided against itself will not stand.” ~Jesus in Matthew 12:25
  19. 19. BIBLICAL WARNINGS ON DISUNITY Husbands, in the same way be considerate as you live with your wives, and treat them with respect as the weaker partner and as heirs with you of the gracious gift of life, so that nothing will hinder your prayers. (1 Peter 3:7) “…every city or house divided against itself will not stand.”~~Jesus in Matthew 12:25) We must have disunity with Christians engaged in serious unrepentant sin, false teachers, false prophets and the like.
  20. 20. PRESIDENT HERBERT HOOVER “Honest difference of views and honest debate are not disunity. They are the vital process of policy among free men.”
  21. 21. HONEST CONFLICT IS ESSENTIAL We must encourage open, honest, loving expression of disagreements— if there are any. We must respect our non-essential differences without having to agree If necessary, we must allow our leaders to decide the boundaries of unity with others after thorough discussion and prayerful reflection and align ourselves with our leaders’ decision before we can walk in unity.
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  23. 23. HOW GOD WILL REVIVE OUR CHURCH. There must be a mutual oneness of determination to glorify God alone. There must be a common, daily focus the Person and work of the Lord A common willingness to set aside things which hinder those commitments There must be a consistent unity of focus and persistence in desperate prayer and growing expectation by at least a small group of the church. We all have to deal with public and private sins so that we can more fully be one. We all must speak the truth in love to maintain heathy personal relationships We all must forgive and seek reconciliation quickly
  24. 24. UNITY MUST PRECEDE REVIVAL In ME! In my marriage In my family In my church
  25. 25. WWW.FREECONFERENCECALL.COM Sign up for a free number. Free for life! Get your meeting ID to share with others anytime. Always put # at end of Meeting ID Pick a few people to call three times this week for 10 minutes of prayer for personal revival.
  26. 26. PRAYER PLAN: 8/20TO 9/3 Call 2-3 others and pray several times a week for 10 minutes Use the conference call feature of your smart phone OR—Get a free conference call number from www.freeconferencecall.com for FREE calls with up to 1000 people for six hours.Totally free. FREE video conferencing for up to five people. Make a small group after church and set up a time to begin.

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