From the Pulpit: Together

The Bible stresses togetherness, especially togetherness in the Lord’s church. First and foremost, the Bible speaks that all of us are made alive together spiritually in Christ. Colossians (2:13) says, “And you, being dead in your trespasses and the uncircumcision of your flesh, He has made alive together with Him, having forgiven you all trespasses…” This same truth is set forth in Ephesians (2:5-7).

Beyond just being made alive together with Christ, the New Testament also teaches us that we are to practice togetherness in many ways. We are to stay together in our belief (Acts 2:44), be knit together in love (Colossians 2:2), be joined together in unity (I Corinthians 1:10), worship together (Acts 20:7), be joined together in work and service (Ephesians 4:16), and strive together for the faith of the gospel (Philippians 1:27).

But why? Why is it so important that we both understand and put into practice the idea of being together? The answer is simple. There is strength in togetherness. A congregation that worships and works together in a spirit of unity will not only be able to accomplish great works to the glory of God, but it will also not easily be torn apart because of the devil’s schemes. Truly, if we are going to take a stand for what is right in the Lord, we must do it together!

And if we care enough to stand together, then ultimately we will be glorified together! Romans (8:16,17) says, “The Spirit Himself bears witness with our spirit that we are children of God, and if children, then heirs- heirs of God and joint heirs with Christ, if indeed we suffer with Him, that we may also be glorified together.”

Let’s be sure to do our best to practice being together in the Lord. If we will do this, then we will remain strong, sound, and productive in the Lord.