Why 1 is Bigger Than 2
February 10, 2019
Pastor Jeff Struecker
I. Open your heart to each other
Now the entire group of those who believed were of one heart and mind, and no one claimed that any of his possessions was his own, but instead they held everything in common.
II. Notice each other’s needs
33 With great power the apostles were giving testimony to the resurrection of the Lord Jesus, and great grace was on all of them. 34 For there was not a needy person among them because all those who owned lands or houses sold them, brought the proceeds of what was sold, 35 and laid them at the apostles’ feet. This was then distributed to each person as any had need.
III. Encourage each other
36 Joseph, a Levite from Cyprus by birth, the one the apostles called Barnabas (which is translated Son of Encouragement), 37 sold a field he owned, brought the money, and laid it at the apostles’ feet.
Practical ways to build unity:
Invite someone over to your house this week.
Ask an older person to mentor you.
Look for areas that you have in common with someone different from you.
Compliment someone this week.
Ask the Holy Spirit to show you someone in need.
• I’m ready to become one with Jesus. Today, I turn from my sin and to him for the first time.
– I need to connect deeper with other Christians. Contact me about how I can get involved in a LifeGroup.
+ I will encourage someone from our church this week.
- What is the most encouraging than anyone has ever said to you?
- What makes Christians able to open their heart to one another despite our differences?
- Why does it take God’s grace to create unity in a church?
- Read John 13:35. Why is unity so attractive to people outside the faith?
- Is it possible to have unity in heart with someone whose values are different than you? Explain your answer.
- What displays the unity of a church to the people in a community?
- Pray for unity in Calvary this week.