Monday, July 01, 2013

U

IT HAS BEEN NOTED THAT, “there is no ‘I’ in ‘team.’” To which I would respond that neither is there a ‘we’ or a ‘u.’ I suppose what is trying to be communicated is that in order for there to be a team we all must be part and we all at once bring something and lose something at the same time. When it comes to being a team each brings a certain mix of talents, gifts, strengths as well as weaknesses. It does not matter if you are playing first-string out on the field, or sitting on the bench, teams are those who are wearing the colors and are working for and rooting for their team to succeed.

This past week our Ministry Team gathered for one of its bi-weekly meetings during which time we studied God’s Word, prayed, sang, and laughed together. Part of our evening was spent in discussing, Pursuing God’s Will Together: A Discernment Practice for Leadership Groups. During our time the discussion turned toward the theme of unity, and that is where I noticed that the key to the word unity is the letter “I.” You will note that the letter “I” is smack in the middle of the word. That letter can either indicate what draws us together or pushes us apart. Another way of looking at it would be to say there cannot be unity without “u.” It is where unity starts.

As the Body of Christ we are called to oneness, to unity, under the headship of Jesus, the Christ. (Ephesians 4:15, Colossians 1:18; Colossians 2:19)  That unity is dependent upon each of us. How “u” and “i” respond within the Body of Christ will help to determine its unity. The Body of Christ cannot be truly unified in declaring the glory of God or in seeing His kingdom grow without each of us bringing our gifts, talents, strengths and yes, even our weaknesses to the family of God.

Yes, there is danger here as well. For just as “u” and “i” are vital to the make-up of unity, you and I can also cause disunity. It all depends upon whose glory we are seeking to promote, ours or God’s.

The Ministry Team of Felton Bible Church is seeking diligently to always move us forward for God’s glory, and we have found that since hat is our focus unity almost becomes second nature, or dare I say, first nature to us. When we seek God together and seek Him for His glory the Holy Spirit is free to operate and where the Spirit is there is freedom. (2 Corinthians 3:17) As we seek to keep in step with the Spirit, as the Apostle Paul wrote to the church in Galatia, we can then have the power to do away with the self and its self-driven ways and be filled with fruit of the Holy Spirit, that fruit which is fully formed in the love which comes from the LORD. (Galatians 5:1-26)

The evil one would have us believe that in order to have unity we must lose all of ourselves and become subservient to the leadership (or in some cases to the masses) but in reality the opposite is true. As we surrender ourselves to Christ we will in fact discover the very freedom for which we were created. The freedom of walking side-by-side with our God, our Creator and the Lover of our souls. Again, as the Apostle wrote, “It is for freedom that Christ has set us free.” (Galatians 5:1) The Apostle Peter also calls us to this high living which comes from freedom and that from living together in unity as the saints of God. (1 Peter 2:1-26)

Therefore, I encourage you to join with your Ministry Team in pursuing God’s will together, for His glory, for His kingdom, for the sake of the Gospel. Until the whole world knows!


As we look to the days ahead, Pastor Ron and I are excited to discover what God has in store for us. Even during these summer months, when it is easy to sit back and coast for awhile, we see God calling us to grow-up and grow-out. We are excited to have Kurt Roberts join us on staff to focus on ministry to our youth, and we are looking forward to the month of August where we are going to focus upon some Hot Topics & Cool Acts. We are going to look at what the Bible say regarding some of the hot topics facing the church today, (sexual morality, sacredness of life, societal addictions and where the church and culture meet.) and also get involved during our Bible class time in moving out into our community to provide some community service in God’s Name and for God’s glory.  I hope you will make plans to be with us as together we seek to pursue God’s will for His people in unity.
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