St Petri Sermon – Sunday 19th January, 2020
Pastor Robert Voigt Audio Sermon
I love my “Fambily”
Deuteronomy 6:4-7 NIV
4 Hear, O Israel: The Lord our God, the Lord is one. 5 Love the Lord your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your strength. 6 These commandments that I give you today are to be on your hearts. 7 Impress them on your children. Talk about them when you sit at home and when you walk along the road, when you lie down and when you get up.
Revelation 3:3 NIV
Remember, therefore, what you have received and heard.
Ephesians 4:1-6 NIV
As a prisoner for the Lord, then, I urge you to live a life worthy of the calling you have received. 2 Be completely humble and gentle; be patient, bearing with one another in love. 3 Make every effort to keep the unity of the Spirit through the bond of peace. 4 There is one body and one Spirit, just as you were called to one hope when you were called; 5 one Lord, one faith, one baptism; 6 one God and Father of all, who is over all and through all and in all.
You don’t go to church, you are the church. But the ‘you’ in “you are the church” is plural, not singular. Church is bigger than you.
While solitude is a gift from God, isolation is a tool of the enemy. And there’s no faster way to render a community ineffective than to isolate its members
THE FOUNDATION STONES OF CHRISTIAN UNITY
1) Humility (lowliness) and gentleness (meekness)
2) Patience (longsuffering)
3) Mutual forbearance (tolerance)
Now you are the body of Christ and each one of you is a part of it. 1 Corinthians 12:27