Your Battle to Build TOGETHER…

I loved church today!  And I loved preaching today because its the stuff that’s so relevant to us being “church” like Jesus desires us to be church. He said that he would “build His church”, and when it comes to our committing/ involvement / serving / relating / protecting / giving / leading in a local church we would do very well to heed Paul’s stern reminder in Acts 20 that the church is what  Jesus “purchased the church with his own blood” – wow!

Trumpet callIn this final part 3 of our “Battle to Build” series I speak about the importance of our relationships in the building and the battle. We are not meant to build alone, nor to battle alone. In Nehemiah ch 4 we see that besides the tools to build and the weapons to Battle, Nehemiah also needs a trumpet – a “sound” to call those stretched out along the wall of the mission together. 

Nehemiah 4:18-20  Every one of the builders had his sword girded at his side as he built. And the one who sounded the trumpet was beside me. 19 Then I said to the nobles, the rulers, and the rest of the people, “The work is great and extensive, and we are separated far from one another on the wall. 20 Wherever you hear the sound of the trumpet, rally to us there. Our God will fight for us.”

They needed “a sound”  to call them together, and in this message I look at the big question of “What brings us together and keeps us together?”, and I propose that two vital ingredients are  “Agreement” & “Agape Love”. You can listen to the whole message on our downloads, but here’s a clip of the illustration:

 

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AGREEMENT:  “Again, I tell you that if two of you on earth agree about anything you ask for, it will be done for you by my Father in heaven. 20For where two or three come together in my name, there am I with them.” – Jesus in Matthew 18:19-20

AGAPE LOVE:  “A new command I give you: Love one another. As I have loved you, so you must love one another. 35By this all men will know that you are my disciples, if you love one another.”Jesus in John 13:34-35 

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