Most Christians would agree that unity is a good thing. We’d like more unity in churches and in our relationships, not less. But what often impedes progress is we don’t like what’s required to make unity possible. There is no unity without humility.
There is no joining ourselves with others apart from some dying to self. Each of us must decide, is the payoff of peace worth the price of a gut-punch to my pride? We might desire the beauty of oneness and the sweetness of harmony, but we wait for others to bend and come to us. We want peace on our terms, without the baggage of humility, empathy, and selflessness. Unity is important, but do we value it as much as being heard, exercising our freedoms and rights, and expressing my opinion?
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For anyone who was wanting it, here’s a link to the vimeo of my sermon. And yes, the sermon is just as serious as that cringed look on my face in the video below. The text was Philippians 2:1-4 and the title as well as the big idea was Pursue Unity by Practicing Humility. For more on Philippians, here’s a quick primer of the book.
“So if there is any encouragement in Christ, any comfort from love, any participation in the Spirit, any affection and sympathy, 2 complete my joy by being of the same mind, having the same love, being in full accord and of one mind. 3 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.”
You can click here for a PDF of the manuscript.
Pursuing Humilty Through Practicing Humility from College Park Church on Vimeo.