Tag Archives: unity

What is legalism and what can we do about it?

Teach this to your church leaders and to the entire congregation. Make it part of your membership process. Continue reading

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Threat to team leadership

Sometimes insecure people will choose subtle ways to compete for leadership or to oppose any authority over them.  Continue reading

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Path to legalism

Are you a legalist? Continue reading

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Overcome division with core values

Two areas of difference among believers that significantly disrupt unity are differences in giftedness and areas of service and differences of opinion on debatable matters. Continue reading

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Tensions between younger and older Church members

Do you have tensions between older and younger church members? Here’s a concern that seems to resonate in many Churches. Continue reading

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3 motivations for protecting unity

1. The prayer of Jesus John 17:23 -Jesus prayed, “May they be brought to complete unity to let the world know that you sent me and have loved them even as you have loved me.” 2. The passion of God Proverbs 6:16,19 – “There … Continue reading

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Conflict – an opportunity to grow stronger

The key to unity in a family or Church is not the removal of all conflict but a deeply shared commitment to work through our differences and pursue reconciliation based on God’s love for us in Christ. Continue reading

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A threat to Christian unity

One of the most disruptive forces against unity among Christians is legalism. It was a primary threat to the gospel during Jesus’ ministry and in the early Church. Legalists (aka Pharisees) were the chief antagonists against Jesus Christ and continue … Continue reading

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Two essential movements for protecting unity

Two motions or forces of movement serve as helpful illustrations of the function of a healthy core group in any organization. Continue reading

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Do not be yoked together with unbelievers

I keep a miniature wooden yoke in my office to use as a visual aid for explaining the importance of an equally yoked marriage. Continue reading

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