Thursday, October 18, 2012

Disciple Moment: How to Build Brotherhood

  1. Biblical Brotherhood
Being Provoked, Abomination, Reconciliation
  1. True brotherhood means submission to each other
    1. Ephesians 5:21 Place yourselves under each other's authority out of respect for Christ. (NLT)
  2. You get a blessing for unity
    1. Ps 133:1 Behold, how good and how pleasant it is For brothers to dwell together in unity! 2 It is like the precious oil upon the head, Coming down upon the beard, {Even} Aaron's beard, Coming down upon the edge of his robes.3 It is like the dew of Hermon Coming down upon the mountains of Zion; For there the LORD commanded the blessing--life forever.
  3. Being mature in faith means you don’t get to be offended at your brother
    1. 1 Cor 13:5 (Love) does not act unbecomingly; it does not seek its own, is not provoked, does not take into account a wrong {suffered,}
  4. Prov 6:16 What God calls an Abomination
    1. Prov 6:16 There are six things which the LORD hates, Yes, seven which are an abomination to Him: 17 Haughty eyes, a lying tongue, And hands that shed innocent blood,18 A heart that devises wicked plans, Feet that run rapidly to evil,19 A false witness {who} utters lies, And one who spreads strife among brothers.
  5. Matt 18:15 What to do if your brother sins
    1. Go to him privately: don’t spread it all around
    2. If he will not listen, take another brother.
    3. Final step is to make it known to the brothers
  6. FINAL THOUGHT: We need to change how we communicate
    1. Eph 4:29 Let no unwholesome word proceed from your mouth, but only such {a word} as is good for edification according to the need {of the moment,} so that it will give grace to those who hear.