Sunday, December 13, 2015

Fundamentals of Unity Part 1

On June 21, 2015, Pastor Mark Fitzpatrick of Arann Reformed Baptist Church preached a sermon titled "Fundamentals of Unity (1)".  He expounds Gal. 5:13-15 and looks at Thomas Brooks's Precious Remedies Against Satan's Devices.  I'm posting my sermon notes on this important doctrine of Christianity.

"For, brethren, ye have been called unto liberty; only use not liberty for an occasion to the flesh, but by love serve one another.  For all the law is fulfilled in one word, even in this; Thou shalt love thy neighbour as thyself.  But if ye bite and devour one another, take heed that ye be not consumed one of another," (Gal. 5:13-15).

Pastor Fitzpatrick starts off by looking at Galatians 5 and notes that we see grace in verse 13 (we are saved to serve one another in the body of Christ) and law in verse 14 (the whole law of God is fulfilled in this principle of loving our neighbor as ourself).

Next, Pastor Fitzpatrick looks at Brooks's 4 states that lead up to biting and devouring one another:
  1. We become strange with one another--forsaking the assembly (Heb. 10:19-39).
  2. We divide with one another--learn the simplicity of the Christian life before the high and noble doctrines of the faith (1 Cor. 3:1-3).
  3. We become bitter and jealous of one another (Heb. 12:14-15).
  4. We bite and devour one another (James 3:13-18).
This is how Satan attacks.  He has devices to destroy the saints.  The tool Satan uses is sin, but his purpose is to make your soul something that will not worship God and will not be a blessing to other believers.  His goal is to make you a worthless soul in regards to God and the people of God.
However, the armor of God described in Ephesians 6 helps us to stand against the enemy.  We are attacked by the devil because we are part of the body of Christ.
Faith is trust in the revealed Word of God.  If you don't love the people of God along with their friendship and fellowship, then you are not saved.
God has made an inward change in believers.  We are not perfect, but we are different. Some neglect church because of dissatisfaction with the preacher, with some member of the church, or with some decision in the church.  It is the sacred duty of a believer to meet together for the public worship of God.

"And let the peace of God rule in your hearts, to the which also ye are called in one body; and be ye thankful," (Col. 3:15).