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February 26, 2023

It Starts With Repentance

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So Christ himself gave the apostles, the prophets, the evangelists, the pastors and teachers, to equip his people for works of service, so that the body of Christ may be built up until we all reach unity in the faith and in the knowledge of the Son of God and become mature, attaining to the whole measure of the fullness of Christ.
Ephesians 4:11-13

It’s clear from Scripture that God desires unity for His Church. Unity is what Jesus prays for, what He commands, and what He says will be the chief argument for unbelieving people coming to know God. But if unity is that important to the heart of God, and that critical to the mission of the church, then why isn’t it something the Church fiercely fights for and passionately pursues? -from Until Unity

Join us on Sundays as we take a a closer look at the Biblical idea of unity within the church with our new sermon series Until Unity based on the scriptures and teachings from the book Until Unity by Francis Chan.

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We encourage you to spend some time with God this week, dive into the Bible, and go a bit deeper on this topic. Please consider these study questions for further reflection:

Question 1
In our quest for unity, have you considered the question Francis Chan asks at the beginning of chapter 4: "Are you the problem?" Do you respond with, "There's nothing wrong with me!" Consider how you may have added to disunity in our church or among other churches and believers. If you can't think of anything, perhaps pray the prayer of David found in Psalm 139:23-24, "Search me..." Is there anything you need to repent of? Do you need to seek forgiveness from God? From others?

Question 2
Read 1 Corinthians 13:9-12. Paul tells us that as we mature, we learn. And as we learn, we change. What are some views you had about God or the Bible as a young Christian that have changed since that time? What caused you to change your view? What are good reasons for changing your view? What are some bad reasons?

Question 3
Pastor Glen made a vow to our church to do his part in maintaining the unity of the Spirit. He promised to LISTEN, LEARN, LAMENT, REPENT, LOVE. Consider each of these points - what is God calling you to do?

Additional Scripture to study: Isaiah 55:8-9; 1 Corinthians 13:9-11; Psalm 139:23-24;

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