Building Up one another graham Street Church of Christ, Stephenville, tx



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Building Up ONE ANOTHER

Graham Street Church of Christ, Stephenville, TX

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October 11, 2015

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 15:5-6

  1. Brainstorm all the “units” that we are part of (families, clubs, corporations, etc.). Have each person answer: In which of these units do you feel the most sense of unity? How is that unity expressed?

  2. John 17:20-26 Christ’s prayer for all believers

  3. What did Jesus want all believers to know and embrace? Why?

  4. Paul’s prayer for unity:

    1. Romans 14:3 No stumbling block; no judging; no obstacle

    2. Romans 14:19 Build up one another; pursue peace

    3. Ephesians 4:3 Make every effort to keep unity

  5. Satan’s primary strategy is a two-fold approach:

    1. Destroy love and unity among Bible-believing Christians… driving people away from Christ

    2. Creating a sense of love and unity among false religions, especially those that deny the deity of Christ

Satan is blinding people to the most basic truth in all of Christianity --- If Christ Jesus was not God, he could never have been the perfect sacrifice on the cross --- the incarnation is the essence of the Gospel (2 Corinthians 5:18-19; Hebrews 7:27; 10:1,14)

  1. Practical steps for developing unity in the church:

    1. Realize first that unity is possible.

      1. The unity that Jesus and Paul prayed for is a concrete, visible, and practical unity that can exist among believers; day-to-day, gut-level unity

      2. Unity is possible in Christ Jesus and it will be obvious to people that see us; Though many personalities, we are drawn together as one heart and one soul



    1. Realize that unity in a local church is not automatic.

      1. Christ prayed (and is praying) for us; We have supernatural help available to defeat Satan

      2. We must “make every effort” (Romans 14:19 and Ephesians 4:3) to see that we do not allow human factors to create irritations to bring about misunderstandings that divide us; Satan delights in using controversies and trivia to destroy local churches

(see 1 Timothy 6:3-5 and Titus 3:9)

      1. Face your problems and solve them (examples: Overlooked widows in Acts 6 and Christian requirements in Acts 15)

    1. Realize that the key to unity is Christian maturity, reflecting love.

      1. Don’t be accepting of immature and unloving attitudes and actions (i.e., Corinthian church)

      2. The world takes notice of the church. What message are we sending?

(Carnal or spiritual; divisive or agreeable; factions or unified; judgmental or merciful)

  1. Consider ways we can defeat “disunity” and encourage “unity” in the church.

  2. Pray for God’s divine assistance in our efforts to build up one another in a spirit of unity.

Study guide: Building Up ONE ANOTHER by Gene Getz (David C. Cook, Colorado Springs, 1976, 1997)



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