Working Together IN UNITY with God

Working Together IN UNITY with God

 

1 Corinthians 3:9 (ESV) ~ For we are God’s fellow workers. You are God’s field, God’s building.

 

 

In this brief verse, Paul focuses upon three aspects of the work and ministry of the church: people, importance of cooperate action, and assurance of divine involvement.

 

  • People
    • Paul understood the value of every person (abilities, skills, undeveloped potential).
    • Every person has a certain achievement level
    • Maximum success is not achieved by one person doing all the work, but every person striving to reach his maximum potential
    • Jesus chose twelve disciple – they changed the course of history and the destiny of nations.
  • Importance of Cooperate Action
    • Paul said, “I have planted, Apollos watered, God gave the increase.” (1 Cor 3:4)
    • God is not only interested in our participation in His plan of God, but also His plan of service.
    • The term unity in scriptural context refers to the harmonious function of the body of Christ in fulfilling the will of God on earth.
    • The phrase “one accord” is found in the Book of Acts on at least 10 occasions, emphasizing the active demonstration of the spirit of unity in the early church.
    • Ministers are co-workers, together with God. We work with God, carrying out His will and doing what He wants done. Our concern is not what men think and want. Our mission is to serve right along by God Himself.
    • The church, the body of the kingdom here on earth, is to bear fruit and make new additions. A field does not exist to lie unused, but to bear a harvest.
  • Divine Involvement
    • As spiritual leaders, as Christians, we must be in the presence of God and the availability of spiritual power for a spiritual task.
    • What a marvelous truth when we GO, we do not go alone; when we work, we do not work alone. All the power, blessings, and resources that are resident in God are available to us.
    • God is the source of all in the church. All is of God; the source of both ministers and the people. Neither are to be exalted are praised above God. God alone is worthy of our attention and thought, our glory and honor, our worship and praise, our service and ministry.

 

Mark 16:20 (ESV) ~ And they went out and preached everywhere, while the Lord worked with them and confirmed the message by accompanying signs.
 
Pastor Andy Lambert

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