How was your daily worship this week?

Did you jump or are you still sitting on the limb?

 

Romans 12:1 Therefore, I urge you, brothers, in view of God’s mercy, to offer your bodies as living sacrifices, holy and pleasing to God–this is your spiritual act of worship.

 

In view of God’s mercy – Remember all that God has done for us we should want to be a living sacrifice.

Making our whole life an act of worship. Last week we looked at the three “T’s” of worship.

Time, Talents, and Treasure

Time

We must submit our time to God by giving a tenth of our time daily.

 

Talents

We must surrender our talents to God by serving others in the name of Jesus

 

Treasures

We must surrender our treasures to God by giving God back what He has already blessed us with.

 

When we create margin in our life we will have the time and money to use our talents for the Lord’s work.

 

Paul continues in this passage of how to live.

 

 

Live In Harmony with One Another

Romans 12:16

 

I am not musical but I know that people can sing different notes and create harmony.

“You don’t get harmony when everybody sings the same note.”

 

Harmony = Balance,

Orchestra – Everyone is professionals and can play the music so why do they need a conductor?

Everyone keeps their eyes on the director and follows him the music stays together.

They are not all playing the same notes, that would be boring but their different notes played together creates a beautiful harmony.

 

We are not the same and will not play the same notes – we play different notes that blend together to make a harmonious Church.

 

Romans 12:16 Live in harmony with one another. Do not be proud, but be willing to associate with people of low position. Do not be conceited.

 

As we all follow the lead of our conductor we will live in harmony. That will be music to our ears.

As each of us do God’s will, by obeying Him and using our spiritual gifts we will live in harmony.

The Greek literally says – same mind

Be of the same mind one toward another.

Have the same mind – have the same understanding, have the same feelings, have the same judgments

We are not to be clones, but we must feel the same way toward each other.

Not proud or conceited, love each other and sacrifice for each other.

Do not put your happiness ahead of others, do not have too high opinion of yourself.

 

Philippians 2:2 then make my joy complete by being like-minded, having the same love, being one in spirit and purpose. 3  Do nothing out of selfish ambition or vain conceit, but in humility consider others better than yourselves. 4  Each of you should look not only to your own interests, but also to the interests of others. 5  Your attitude should be the same as that of Christ Jesus:

 

Humility will bring about Harmony. Your way is not the only way.  Work together not being selfish.

 

1 Peter 3:8 Finally, all of you, live in harmony with one another; be sympathetic, love as brothers, be compassionate and humble.

 

The Christians of Asia Minor who Peter is writing to have to stick together in the face of there constant persecution. It is especially important for them to band together in love and compassion for each other.  It is for us also.

Together we will be able to make a real impact on our society and community if we are unified. How powerful would it be if the three Christian churches in Brookville would join together as one congregation?

I have been asking that question since I arrived.  Why are there three little churches in Brookville?

I know that Brookville (Tenth and Franklin) planted this church in the 50’s and Valley was a split in the 70’s but isn’t time to join forces to reach Franklin county for Christ? I have received resistance from all sides – sure there would be issues to work through.  The issue comes down to pride vs humility.  The way we do things is right and we are not giving up our power.

 

Today let’s just focus on you being in harmony with me and me being in harmony with you and we together being in harmony with Jesus.

 

Ecclesiastes 4:9  Two are better than one, because they have a good return for their work: 10  If one falls down, his friend can help him up. But pity the man who falls and has no one to help him up! 11  Also, if two lie down together, they will keep warm. But how can one keep warm alone? 12  Though one may be overpowered, two can defend themselves. A cord of three strands is not quickly broken.

 

We have to be working together.  We have to be pulling together, not in opposite directions.

Horse pulls at the fair grounds – 1 horse can pull a 1,000 lbs. so 2 horses can pull 2,000, double. The reality is that two horses can pull 4,000 lbs. because they are working in harmony together.

 

If we as Christians work together we can accomplish double what we could do on our own.

 

A preacher went to his high school reunion. One of his friends asked, “How many active members do you have in your church?” The preacher said, “They’re all active.” Wow! His friend was impressed.

The preacher said, “Half of them are working with me and the other half are working against me.”

 

It is sad that Christians can’t work together for the Kingdom of Christ.

Living in harmony keeps us focused on our mission, our purpose for God. But Satan wants us busy bickering and fighting so we can’t get God’s work done.

Disharmony is a cancerous growth in Christ’s Church. Let’s make sure that in 2016 we are working together.  What is our goal?  What mission did Jesus leave us with?

 

I read that when the English and French were at war in colonial Canada. “Admiral Phipps, in charge of the British Fleet, was ordered to anchor outside Quebec. He was to await the coming of the British infantry and then join the land forces in attack. “Arriving early, Admiral Phipps, an ardent nonconformist, was annoyed by the statues of the saints that adorned the roof and towers of the Catholic cathedral. So he spent his time shooting at them with the ships’ guns. How many he hit we don’t know, but history recorded that when the infantry arrived and the signal was given for attack, the admiral found himself out of ammunition. He had used it for shooting out the saints.”

I wonder in the church how much of our efforts are poured into fighting among ourselves over insignificant trivialities instead of uniting our efforts to attack the real enemy.

The early church did not have that trouble

Acts 4:32 No one claimed that any of his possessions was his own, but they shared everything they had.

 

“One in heart and mind” describes the spiritual unity of the believers. This sense of oneness extended to a concern for the practical needs of one another. They felt alike, they were attached to the same things.

 

What is our purpose as a Church of Christ?

Win, Build, Work – everything we do must be defined in those terms so we can be effective for Christ.

Win the lost, Build the disciples, & Work together

We have to be pulling together like horses – then we will have some real horse power.

We all have to pull our own weight and live in harmony.

 

Rom. 12:16 Live in harmony with one another.

 

Do not have divided interests; do not be pursuing different ends and aims. As a church family we must have the same purpose – Make disciples – Inviting people to become Christians and helping them grow to maturity.

We must be on the same page – God’s page.

 

We all have a job to do; God has given you gifts and abilities. Play your instrument by following our great conductor, Jesus and we will be a success for God.

Don’t refuse to play and don’t play a different song.  Play your note that is in harmony with everyone else.

 

Roger Staubach, who led the Dallas Cowboys to an NFL championship after the 1971 season and was voted Super Bowl MVP, admitted that his position as a quarterback who didn’t call his own signals was a source of frustration for him. Coach Tom Landry sent in every play from the sidelines. The coach told Roger when to pass and when to run. Even though Staubach considered coach Landry to have a “genius mind” when it came to football strategy, his pride said that he should be able to run his own team. When asked how he resolved this tension, Roger Staubach said, “I faced up to the issue of obedience. Once I learned to obey there was harmony, fulfillment, and victory.”

 

In life we think we ought to be able to call the shots, it is our life. But there will not be victory and fulfillment until you learn obedience, you will have harmony with God and will be able to live in harmony with one another.

 

1Corinthians 1:10 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.

 

Agree, have the same mind – no divisions in Jesus.

 

Jim and John were both elders at Prince of Peace Church of Christ, but they never got along. In fact, whenever an issue came up where Jim voted “Yes”, you could be sure that “John” would vote “No.” As was bound to happen, Jim passed away. There he was at the Pearly Gates and St. Peter was there deciding who could come in. Jim was surprised to find out that the admittance requirements were a bit different than he had thought. First Peter checked to make sure that the person’s name was in the book of life, then he gave them a spelling word. Jim’s spelling word was “Jesus” so he got in without a problem. Jim was given the job to assist Peter checking the names and giving the spelling words. As is the way of things, Jim’s old rival John passed away and there he was in line waiting to see Peter. Jim checked the list and John’s name was there. Jim had to choose a word for the spelling test. He picked “Albuquerque”

 

We are not that bad, but do we get along we each other? Do we have unity?  Do we have the same mind, the mind of Christ?

 

The Apostle Paul gives strong warnings against those who cause divisions:

Romans 16:17 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. 18  For such people are not serving our Lord Christ, but their own appetites. By smooth talk and flattery they deceive the minds of naive people. Those who promote “discord…dissension, factions…shall not inherit the kingdom of God” (Galatians 5:20, 21) The reason for division.  The greatest enemy of harmony is PRIDE.
Romans 12:16 …Do not be proud, but be willing to associate with people of low position. Do not be conceited.

Proverbs 13:10 “Pride only breeds quarrels”
Two examples:

Luke 22:24 A dispute arose among them as to which of them was considered to be greatest.

 

3 John 1:9 I wrote to the church, but Diotrephes, who loves to be first, will have nothing to do with us.

10 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.

 

How can an orchestra play beautiful music unless they play their part and follow the conductor?

How can the Church live in harmony unless we do our part and follow Jesus?

 

You go the way He goes. If we as a Christians will sway with God we will also sway with each other.

We will be living in harmony.

 

The first step to harmony is living for God.

Christian are you living for God – Continue to grow.

 

If you are not a Christian – Why not? What is holding you back?

What does God ask you to do?

Do not worry what others do or say – What does God say.

 

Believe, Repent, Confess, be baptized, and your sins will be forgiven and you will receive the gift of the Holy Spirit