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3/30/2008 ~ Where Two or More Gather In My Name


                          ┌─> Best case scenario.
"For where two or three are gathered together in My name,
I am there in the midst of them." ~ Matthew 18:20

     └─> About unity.

Jesus came to solve the diversity of religion.
Jesus established the true way of God Ending religious diversity.
There is no other way to God but through Jesus, Godís rules.
~ One must be established in Christ in our midst.


 We must be humbled by innocent children. <─┐
"... unless you are converted and become as little children, you will
by no means enter the kingdom of heaven. ..." ~ Matthew 18:1-5


PURE, INNOCENT, HUMBLE

God does not want the proud.
God wants us to work together.


                                                    Sin is the stumbling block. <─┐
"... whoever causes one of these little ones who believes in Me to sin, ..."
~ Matthew 18:6-7


Be careful not to cause others to sin.

Be an Example Over the Temptation

... "I am of Paul," or "I am of Apollos," or "I am of Cephas," or "I am of Christ."
Is Christ divided? ... ~ 1st Corinthians 1:11-15


  Some were claiming to be after Paul, Cephas = Division  
Freedom of religion Responsibility God calls for.

"... the Son of Man has come to save that which was lost. ..."
~ Matthew 18:9-14


Attitude is everything.

"... if your brother sins against you, go and tell him his fault
between you and him alone. ..." ~ Matthew 18:15


Deal with others directly.
Go to people individually.
It is all about direct genuine compassion for each other.
It takes courage and love of God not to gossip or backbite.


... a man is overtaken in any trespass, you who are spiritual
restore such a one in a spirit of gentleness, ... ~ Galatians 6:1


To keep it honest. <─┐ 
"But if he will not hear, take with you one or two more, ..." ~ Matthew 18:16
└─> Help is required when encountering an unrepenting sinner.           
└─> From discerning witnesses.                                  

People can be apprehensive searching for peace.

The first one to plead his cause seems right,
Until his neighbor comes and examines him. ~ Proverbs 18:17


God incorporates His solution to be followed.

┌─> Worst case scenario.             
"... if he refuses even to hear the church, let him be to you like a heathen ..."
~ Matthew 18:17


~ There will be those that will fall away from Christ.
→ Serving God is to be restored in His word.


"... whatever you bind on earth will be bound in heaven, ..." ~ Matthew 18:18

Commitments between souls have weight in heaven.
We need to agree in His name, not of charismatic men.


"... if two of you agree on earth concerning anything that they ask,
it will be done for them ..." ~ Matthew 18:19


God calls for peace among all His people.
~ For us working together serves God.
Sing together.
        Sorrow together.
             Rejoice together.
            Live together.


He wants us to Love as He values each person.



 

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