December 6, 2020
Sermon Title: United We Stand Divided We Fall
The Purpose of The Church
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Scripture Reading: 2 Corinthians 5:18, 20; Ephesians 2:10; 1 Peter 4:10
Scripture Text: Matthew 16:15-18
Matthew 16:15-18: 'But who do you say that I am?' Simon Peter answered and said, 'You are the Christ, the Son of the living God.' Jesus answered and said to him, 'blessed are you Simon Bar-Jonah, for flesh and blood has not revealed this to you, but my father who is in heaven. And I also say to you that you are Peter, and on this rock I will build My Church, and the gates of Hell shall not prevail against it.'"
Matthew 12:25: "Every kingdom divided against itself is brought to desolation; and every city or house divided against itself shall not stand."
Beware - A Warning to the People of God
When are people going to wake up and see what is going on?
When Satan wanted to have control in heaven. Satan told his lie so long, that one third of the Angels were cast out of heaven along with him.
Every family, every organization and every movement struggles with the problem of internal divisions. Not only is there division on the outside, but there is division on the inside. Many internal conflicts result from a struggle over control.
I'm here to let you know this morning that if everyone would learn to give the Lord control for whatever they are responsible for, many internal divisions can be eliminated.
Without the Lord's leading, there will always be divisions.
This church at Corinth was in a sad state. The fellowship among believers had deteriorated to such a degree that it was about to crumble and collapse.
There was severe division and dissension in the ranks; there were verbal accusations, differing of opinions, competitive positions, power struggles, envy, grumbling, complaining, murmuring, quarreling, attacking and gossiping.
Believer stood against believer, and there was no give in any corner.
In other words, nobody wanted to give in. Everybody wanted their own way, and nobody could see the other person's point of view.
Disaster was about to strike; the church was divided and a severe split was threatened.
This was the first problem that Paul had to deal with. Paul had to deal with it first because the bible says, "a house divided against itself cannot stand."
There were other problems in the church, other matters that had to be handled, but the people could not handle them unless the people were brought together in one spirit and mind.
The ministry and mission of the church could not effectively go on until the people stood together.
The worship service was affected, the evangelizing ministry was affected, the prayer life of the church and individuals were affected, and their spiritual growth was affected simply because of the divisions that existed in that church.
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