Monday, April 19, 2021

Preserving Unity In The Body Of Christ

"Therefore I, the prisoner of the Lord, implore you to walk in a manner worthy of the calling with which you have been called, with all humility and gentleness, with patience, showing tolerance for one another in love, being diligent to preserve the unity of the Spirit in the bond of peace." (Ephesians 4:1-3)

The above words are some very powerful words spoken by the Apostle Paul. Hang on, his words get even more powerful. But first, let me delve into what was just proclaimed by Paul. Who is Paul talking to? He's writing to Christians in Ephesus. Actually if you are a born again Christian, he is writing directly to you as well. The message is for all believers. Its very content proves that.

Paul implores you and me to walk (or to tread all around) in a manner worthy of the calling, or vocation of serving Jesus. To walk worthy of the calling means to walk in a manner appropriate to the calling. One of the Greek definitions means to walk in a Godly sort. Paul is saying that since God is the One who called us, we must walk like Him. To walk in a manner that is appropriate to His calling is to walk in humility, gentleness, patience, and in love, tolerating each other. Why? To preserve the unity of the Holy Spirit, in the bond of peace.

Sadly, unity in the body of Christ is missing today. The reason is because Christians are not diligent to preserve unity of the Spirit. Unity is no longer perceived as or believed to be the glue that holds the body of Christ together. Other issues like politics, denomination, racism, and personal opinion have pervaded the body of Christ. Simply stated, unity is not an important issue to the body of Christ. And because of that, the church at large is disjointed.

Let me move on to what Paul says next in this powerful passage. "There is one body and one Spirit, just as also you were called in one hope of your calling; one Lord, one faith, one baptism, one God and Father of all who is over all and through all and in all." (Ephesians 4:4 - 6) It's very easy to see here the key word "One". 

  • One body of Christ
  • One Holy Spirit
  • One Hope through our calling
  • One Lord Jesus
  • One faith
  • One baptism
  • One God and Father

If there is one body of Christ, one Holy Spirit, One hope of our calling, One Lord Jesus, One faith through which we enter God's grace, one baptism, and one God, then the body of Christ is comprised of "oneness" or unity. Oneness is inherent in every truly born again believer. We are all members of only ONE body. We are connected by oneness. Oneness is the basis for unity. God doesn't tell us to act like one, we are one! But God has given the body of Christ the responsibility of preserving the oneness. As a matter of fact, we must be diligent and intent on doing that! If we are not, the enemy will continue to divide.

Are you doing everything you can to "...preserve the unity of the Spirit in the bond of peace"? Does your political or religious or theological or ideological preference maintain a commanding preeminence over preserving the unity of the Spirit in the body of Christ? The word "preserve" in Ephesians 4:3 actually means "To guard (from loss or injury, properly by keeping the eye upon)." Did you catch that? To guard from loss or injury as we constantly monitor the precious commodity of unity.

Think about how the world sees all the division in the church. Is it any wonder that folks are not flocking to the church, but instead are leaving the church in droves? Let's wake up church! Let's do what Paul says we must do in order to be effective. We must preserve (guard) the unity of the Spirit among us! It has been there. But somehow in these last days we've overlooked the importance of preserving the unity of the Spirit.

Preserving the unity of the Spirit in the body of Christ is the responsibility of the church, not God! He's already done His part by making us one in Jesus Christ. There is a heavenly "oneness" awaiting the church that she has ignored. Join with me in being adamant about guarding the unity Jesus has already made available to us. It's past time!


Saturday, April 10, 2021

Praying The Prayer Of Faith 1

The Prayer of Faith is a prayer "loaded and armed" with the Word of God. In this session we discuss the impact and the effect the prayer of faith has on folks and circumstances. Check it out! Thanks! And please SUBSCRIBE if you will. Thanks again! 

Tuesday, April 6, 2021

New Series: "Praying The Prayer/Confession Of Faith"

I'm very excited about my new series on Thursday evenings on my Facebook Live Cast! My current series is entitled "Praying The Prayer Of Faith". I'm be talking about how to have a "loaded or armed" prayer, or a "loaded or armed" confession, and how lives and things change when we pray the prayer of faith. You are invited to join me on Facebook Live every Thursday evening at 7:30 pm (EDT), 6:30 pm (CDT). Steve Hutto on Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/steve.hutto.1

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Sunday, February 28, 2021

Arguing On Social Media Is NOT Healthy Communication!

You know, it would really be nice if folks would consider developing a vision to employ social media as a platform for healthy communication. Can you imagine what good could be done? For some reason many people feel they must express their personal opinion with the rest of the world, which is not bad in itself. It becomes bad however, when we feel the need to correct those we disagree with politically, ideologically, socially, and spiritually on social media for all to see. It gets even worse when we openly criticize those we disagree with on social media!

This may be totally foreign to some folks, but actually it would be beneficial for you and me if we would hold our peace until we've heard someone else's opinion. Question: Do we actually have to promote our disagreement on social media? Answer: No we do not! Do you realize that listening (without a rebuttal) to a differing opinion, does not mean you are conceding your personal view (in defeat) to someone else? It's just extending the courtesy of listening. We can actually learn stuff by listening to others we may disagree with. No one is forcing you to abandon your position. The truth is though, you will never change someone else's opinion by forcing yours on them. Actually the gap becomes wider when we refuse to listen. If your inclination is to win a debate with your opinion, you have a very closed mind.

Some people deliberately share their feelings of disagreement in order to stir controversy. Controversy may initially provoke some response, but it is not a good thing. Most people who stir controversy do so as a way of being noticed. The reason this is not a good thing is because after a short while, people catch on and simply avoid responding. So controversy actually backfires instead of provoking a response, as it drives people further away.

No one desires to "look bad" in front of hundreds of followers. But please remember, if someone disagrees with you, or brings up a point you didn't bring up, you don't have to defend your honor by rebutting what they said. Simply thank them for their input, don't fuel an argument, and move on. It's that simple! When all has been said and done, you won't look as, let's just say unattractive as you would have, had you forced a debate!

It took me awhile, but I finally learned that debating on social media with those who are engrossed in an opinion never ever accomplishes anything. Why? Because I was engrossed in my own opinion. And let me say right here that it is extremely inappropriate for folks who are followers of Jesus to engage their belief in a heated debate on social media. It is not condemnation and judgment that leads unbelievers to repentance, it is the kindness of God, the Bible says. Kindness always wins over judgment and condemnation. What I just said is for ALL and EVERY person who claims they are a Christian.

I made the decision long ago that I will not debate or argue on social media. Have I ever? Of course. Did I actually accomplish anything? No. That's why I don't do that anymore. I love to encourage folks, not discourage them by forcing my opinion on them. I fully believe in the principles of life outlined in God's Holy Word, and I love to share them. Do I always get full agreement? No. But if someone chooses to disagree with me, and call me out on it, I just move on, and keep propagating God's Word. If there is to be discussion, it would be one-on-one, face to face, or phone to phone, but NOT on social media.

You may post something that I disagree with. But I won't slap you on the head with the Bible. And I won't engage you in a theological debate on social media for the rest of the world (including unbelievers) to see. I will probably post something on social media that you disagree with. You would be completely free, and it would be completely appropriate for you to post your disagreement. I would definitely examine your post. But most likely you wouldn't get a rebuttal from me because I will not fuel and propagate an argument - especially between Christians. But I will continue to share the Word of God, the Gospel of Jesus.

Let's get in agreement on something right now. Let's agree that we will do our part to make social media a platform for healthy communication; communication that encourages. Let's also agree that when we feel we need to debate - we won't! As followers of Jesus (those who actually follow Jesus Christ) let's live to encourage people with His Words and His love. That's what He did among those who were spiritually hungry to receive what He came to give...salvation.