“Unity matters to God. Satan’s master strategy is disunity. The sin of disunity has caused more souls to be lost than any other sin.” Max Lucado

WATCHING THE SIGN-POSTS By Blake Coffee  © Unity Press, Christian Unity Ministries - All rights reserved – Used with permission

On the road to unity in our church, there are signs that there may be: Danger Ahead

1. GOSSIP – When church members are talking about one another at times when they should be talking to one another; or, when there is more than one side to an issue, and the only communication is among people who agree with each other (rather than communication across the lines of disagreement), this is not Biblical unity.  Gossip happens whenever we find ourselves in a conversation about a brother or sister who is not here, and that brother or sister is not being edified in that conversation.  Ephesians 4:29

2. UNDERGROUND CONFLICT – Conflict becomes significantly more dangerous once it goes "underground"--i.e., when concerns are no longer being expressed through the normal channels of communication; when there are parking lot meetings; when we say the things we were thinking while knowing it would be wrong to say them. Ephesians 4:25

3. LEGALISM – Grace is that part of God (and that part of Christ in us) which chooses forgiveness rather than justice.  Certainly, rules are necessary—God’s law has not changed—but when we have an unhealthy focus on punishment and consequences, we border on legalism. Ephesians 4:32

4. WORLDLINESS – When our conduct, systems, & patterns of communication look an awful lot like the world around us & when our decisions are governed more by written rules or or our finances rather than by God’s Word, we stop being a light to a dark world & begin walking in darkness ourselves. Romans 12:2

5. LACK OF CORPORATE PRAYER – Regular vibrant corporate prayer is a sign of Biblical unity. When we lack a commitment to that, we lack an understanding of who Christ is, and our unity suffers. Acts 1:14

6. FIGHT / FLIGHT RESPONSES TO CONFLICT – When conflict comes, our children watch us respond and learn from us. When you take your children and leave the conflict, you have taught them how to respond when they have their first conflict as an adult—whether at work, at church, or in their home. Ephesians 4:15

7. ZERO GROWTH IN SMALL GROUPS – If our growth is only in worship, and not in small groups we’re not growing disciples—we’re growing consumers. Newsflash: there is no unity among consumers. James 5:13-16; Hebrews 10:24-25

Read these sign-posts and rejoice!   Be glad for the plumb line of God’s Word.   Be thankful for His perfect plan to use an imperfect church to touch this world.   And just think how these sign-posts can help you find new and exciting ways to glorify God where you serve.   Again I say, REJOICE!

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