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Unity in the kingdom

God wants His children to be united, not divided. In this lesson we examine how to maintain unity in the Kingdom of God. Both slides and audio can be viewed together at
Sermon by: Brian Birdow

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Unity in the kingdom

  1. 1. Unity in the Kingdom by Brian Birdow Sermon text: Mark 3:22-26
  2. 2. AIM……How to achieve unity? 1. Unity in our doctrine—so we won’t be divided 2. Unity in study—so that we won’t be divided 3. Unity in prayer—so that we won’t be divided
  3. 3. What is D o c t r i n e? • Doctrine—teaching • Acts 2:42 And they continued stedfastly in the apostles' doctrine and fellowship, and in breaking of bread, and in prayers.
  4. 4. Why follow Apostles doctrine? • John 14:26 But the Comforter, which is the Holy Ghost, whom the Father will send in my name, he shall teach you all things, and bring all things to your remembrance, whatsoever I have said unto you. • John 16:13 Howbeit when he, the Spirit of truth, is come, he will guide you into all truth: for he shall not speak of himself; but whatsoever he shall hear, that shall he speak: and he will shew you things to come.
  5. 5. What does Doctrine do? • Romans 6:17 But God be thanked, that ye were the servants of sin, but ye have obeyed from the heart that form of doctrine which was delivered you. • Romans 6:18 Being then made free from sin, ye became the servants of righteousness.
  6. 6. Authoritative speaking • Mark 1:22 And they were astonished at His doctrine: for He taught them as One that had authority, and not as the scribes. • They quoted other rabbis and felt their function to be expounders of the traditions which they made a millstone around the necks of the people.
  7. 7. God vs. Man • Mark 7:9 And he said unto them, Full well ye reject the commandment of God, that ye may keep your own tradition. • Luke 7:29-30 And all the people that heard him, and the publicans, justified God, being baptized with the baptism of John. But the Pharisees and lawyers rejected the counsel of God against themselves, being not baptized of him.
  8. 8. Authoritative speaking • Titus 2:1 But speak thou the things which become sound doctrine: • Sound---healthy, whole, complete • Doctrine---Teaching
  9. 9. Authoritative speaking • 1 Peter 4:11 If any man speak, let him speak as the oracles of God; if any man minister, let him do it as of the ability which God giveth: that God in all things may be glorified through Jesus Christ, to whom be praise and dominion for ever and ever. Amen.
  10. 10. Authoritative speaking • 1 Corinthians 14:15 What is it then? I will pray with the spirit, and I will pray with the understanding also: I will sing with the spirit, and I will sing with the understanding also. • Colossians 3:17 And whatsoever ye do in word or deed, do all in the name of the Lord Jesus, giving thanks to God and the Father by him.
  12. 12. Unity in our Study • How can we be united when we don’t come together to study? • How important is it for men to come together and study if we are to lead the church and our homes? • Remember iron sharpens iron!
  13. 13. Study is a life long journey • Deuteronomy 17:18 And it shall be, when he sitteth upon the throne of his kingdom, that he shall write him a copy of this law in a book out of that which is before the priests the Levites: • Deuteronomy 17:19 And it shall be with him, and he shall read therein all the days of his life: that he may learn to fear the LORD his God, to keep all the words of this law and these statutes, to do them:
  14. 14. Study is a life long journey • Deuteronomy 17:20 That his heart be not lifted up above his brethren, and that he turn not aside from the commandment, to the right hand, or to the left: to the end that he may prolong his days in his kingdom, he, and his children, in the midst of Israel. • 1 Peter 2:2 As newborn babes, desire the sincere milk of the word, that ye may grow thereby:
  15. 15. Unity in Study 1. What are we doing so that we can have unity in regards to Doctrine? 2. Three bible classes offered throughout the week. Sunday, Tuesday, Wednesday. 3. Academy of Biblical Studies 4. Monthly studies from 9:30-1:00pm on one book. Take home questions, notes, and reading assignments.
  16. 16. Unity in Prayer • Psalms 65:2 O thou that hearest prayer, unto thee shall all flesh come. • Isaiah 56:7 Even them will I bring to my holy mountain, and make them joyful in my house of prayer: their burnt offerings and their sacrifices shall be accepted upon mine altar; for mine house shall be called an house of prayer for all people.
  17. 17. Unity in Prayer • Revelation 8:3 And another angel came and stood at the altar, having a golden censer; and there was given unto him much incense, that he should offer it with the prayers of all saints upon the golden altar which was before the throne. • Revelation 8:4 And the smoke of the incense, which came with the prayers of the saints, ascended up before God out of the angel's hand.
  18. 18. Unity in Prayer • Every 3rd Wednesday we have prayer night. • Our prayer list is emailed out weekly and printed out on bulletin. • We should all be praying for each other and it can’t hurt to call each one out by name either. • 1 Chronicles 16:11 Seek the LORD and his strength, seek his face continually.
  19. 19. Understanding John the immerser baptism By Brian Birdow Sermon text: Mark 1