good morning first Baptist collinsville • Thanks for allowing me the privilege of speaking in your church today. I am blessed to be able to serve you and together, we can make a difference for the kingdom. • Pat Phinney - Regional Director
Church of god . . . We are at war • “For our struggle is not against flesh and blood, but against the rulers, against the powers, against the world forces of this darkness, against the spiritual forces of wickedness in the heavenly places.” • Ephesians 6:12
Church of god . . . We are at war • “Be of sober spirit, be on the alert. Your adversary, the devil, prowls around like a roaring lion, seeking someone to devour. But resist him, firm in your faith . . .” • 1 Peter 5:8-9
Sometimes soldiers are wounded in battle. • How about you?
Why unity in 2012? • "I do not ask on behalf of these alone, but for those also who believe in Me through their word; that they may all be one; even as You, Father, are in Me and I in You, that they also may be in Us, (WHY?) so that the world may believe that You sent Me.” • John 17: 20-21
A simple formula for church unity • TURN to Philippians 2:1-2
Brothers and sisters, while we are under attack, why do we need UNITY in the church?
The mark of spiritual unity within a church is how its leadership and members have one thing on their mind . . .
Unity in the church is . . . • To WIN the lost to Jesus Christ • To BUILD up believers in the faith • To EQUIP believers to serve Him • To DEVELOP servant leaders • To MULTIPLY themselves through reproduction • To SEND out others to reach the world
friends at first baptist church • “Now may the God who gives perseverance and encouragement grant you to be of the same mind with one another according to Christ Jesus, so that with one accord you may with one voice glorify the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ. “ NASB Romans 15:5-6