June 28 – United – 1 Corinthians 1

Read 1 Corinthians 1:10-17

It’s borderline disgusting.

Last week I was scrolling through Facebook and found myself sucked into the vortex of the divisive state of our country. Whether it was COVID, NASCAR, politics or religion, it was post after post of hatred and division. I often think to myself, “Is unity actually possible?” I’m kind of ashamed to admit that often I doubt that it actually is. Will there ever be just a MOMENT of time where our nation, community and Church is unified? Will people ever be for the future of our nation, community and Church more than their desire to be right?

These thoughts were flowing through my head and I caught myself staring at our living room wall. I try my best to purposely block out all of these thoughts because it takes my usually lifted spirit and sends it hurtling to the ground.

That is why I am so excited for this sermon series at Grace Church called United. For the next four weeks, we are going to be talking about how we can strive to have a united conversation, community, country and Church.

This morning, you are going to love the conversation that Pastor Nick has with Dan Owalabi about racism and the gospel. If you’re reading this before church, get excited! If you’re reading this after services, check out Facebook, YouTube or our website (www.woostergrace.org/sermon-series/)!

For the next 4 weeks, we are going to be on a journey about unity. I am looking forward to the work that God will do in each of our hearts. I challenge you to go into this series with an open heart!

As a backdrop to this series, I want to direct you to 1 Corinthians 1:10-17 (our reading today). Here are some thoughts to consider:

  1. Strive for perfect unity

If you’re anything like me, “perfect unity” doesn’t sound possible at times. Just because we don’t think it is possible doesn’t mean it isn’t to God. We’re talking the same God who snapped His fingers and created the world as we know it. This is the same God that has turned the blackest of hearts into hearts on fire for Him. Anything is possible. Unity starts with us. It starts with me. It starts with you. Take it upon yourself to fight for true and biblical unity.

  1. A house divided CANNOT stand

As long as there are two sides yanking with all their might in opposite directions, change will not happen. I fear what the future of our nation will be with such division. There is no “it will get worse before it get’s better.”

Be better today!

While there is division outside in the world, there CANNOT be division within the walls of the Church. Would you take an honest inventory of your heart and ask yourself if you’re contributing to the division, public or private? Imagine the impact the Church could make if we were perfectly unified? If we all wanted nothing more than to see the name of Jesus above all else?

I can feel Satan quivering in his shoes.

Jake Lawson

 

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