Live in Unity

TODAY’S MAIN PASSAGE:

Philippians 2:1-4 CSB

1 If, then, there is any encouragement in Christ, if any consolation of love, if any fellowship with the Spirit, if any affection and mercy, 2 make my joy complete by thinking the same way, having the same love, united in spirit, intent on one purpose. 3 Do nothing out of selfish ambition or conceit, but in humility consider others as more important than yourselves. 4 Everyone should look not to his own interests, but rather to the interests of others.

Aspects of this Kingdom Living

  • Partnering in the work of the gospel
  • Having a Kingdom mindset and perspective.
  • The Defining mark of “Kingdom Living” is being Christ-centered.

Philippians 1:27
27Just one thing: As citizens of heaven, live your life worthy of the gospel of Christ. Then, whether I come and see you or am absent, I will hear about you that you are standing firm in one spirit, in one accord, contending together for the faith of the gospel

Annual Prayer 2022 for Soma

Father, help us to be Kingdom-minded and to draw closer to You as we live obediently, love radically, and serve sacrificially.

Live Worthy By:

    1. Standing Firm Together (in faith)
    2. Contending Together (for the advancement of the Gospel)
    3. Loving and Serving

Philippians 2:1
If, then, there is any encouragement in Christ, if any consolation of love, if any fellowship with the Spirit, if any affection and mercy

Philippians 2:2
make my joy complete by thinking the same way, having the same love, united in spirit, intent on one purpose.

Paul would count it all joy, if the church realized it’s true purpose on earth was to build God’s Kingdom, not ours.

Unity in the Church:

    1. Being Like-Minded
    2. Having the Same Love
    3. Being United in Spirit
    4. Being United in Purpose

4 Loves – C.S. Lewis:

  1. Empathy (Storge)
  2. Family/friend (Philia)
  3. Romantic (Eros)
  4. Unconditional Love / Godly Servitude (Agapē)

1 Corinthians 1:10
I appeal to you, brothers, by the name of our Lord Jesus Christ, that all of you agree, and that there be no divisions among you, but that you be united in the same mind and the same judgment.

1 Corinthians 12:12-27
For just as the body is one and has many members, and all the members of the body, though many, are one body, so it is with Christ. 13 For in one Spirit we were all baptized into one body—Jews or Greeks, slaves or free—and all were made to drink of one Spirit.
14 For the body does not consist of one member but of many. 15 If the foot should say, “Because I am not a hand, I do not belong to the body,” that would not make it any less a part of the body. 16 And if the ear should say, “Because I am not an eye, I do not belong to the body,” that would not make it any less a part of the body. 17 If the whole body were an eye, where would be the sense of hearing? If the whole body were an ear, where would be the sense of smell? 18 But as it is, God arranged the members in the body, each one of them, as he chose. 19 If all were a single member, where would the body be? 20 As it is, there are many parts, yet one body……
26 If one member suffers, all suffer together; if one member is honored, all rejoice together. 27 Now you are the body of Christ and individually members of it.

Paul is calling the Church to live in unity, not despite it’s diversity but because of it!

Philippians 2:3-4
Do nothing from selfish ambition or conceit, but in humility count others more significant than yourselves. 4 Let each of you look not only to his own interests, but also to the interests of others.

Romans 12:16
Live in harmony with one another. Do not be haughty, but associate with the lowly. Never be wise in your own sight.


1 Peter 3:8
Finally, all of you, have unity of mind, sympathy, brotherly love, a tender heart, and a humble mind.

The Bible tells us to abstain from selfish desires and instead serve others through humility.

Philippians 2:3-4
Do nothing from selfish ambition or conceit, but in humility count others more significant than yourselves. 4 Let each of you look not only to his own interests, but also to the interests of others.

1 Corinthians 13:1-7
If I speak in the tongues of men and of angels, but have not love, I am a noisy gong or a clanging cymbal. 2 And if I have prophetic powers, and understand all mysteries and all knowledge, and if I have all faith, so as to remove mountains, but have not love, I am nothing. 3 If I give away all I have, and if I deliver up my body to be burned, but have not love, I gain nothing.4 Love is patient and kind; love does not envy or boast; it is not arrogant 5 or rude. It does not insist on its own way; it is not irritable or resentful; 6 it does not rejoice at wrongdoing, but rejoices with the truth. 7 Love bears all things, believes all things, hopes all things, endures all things.

Matthew 22:36-40
“Teacher, which command in the law is the greatest?” 37 He said to him, “Love the Lord your God with all your heart, with all your soul, and with all your mind. 38 This is the greatest and most important command. 39 The second is like it: Love your neighbor as yourself. 40 All the Law and the Prophets depend on these two commands.”

Serve the Lord your God with all your heart and serve your neighbor as yourself

John 3:16-17
“For God so loved the world that he gave his only Son, that whoever believes in him (Jesus) should not perish but have eternal life. 17 For God did not send his Son into the world to condemn the world, but in order that the world might be saved through him.

Funding for Minister of Youth

We want God to be glorified by the transformation of the lives of teenagers in our church and in our community.