"Bind Us Together" (Ephesians 4:1-3)
 

BIND US TOGETHER

Ephesians 4:1-3

Introduction:

A.  Some things just won’t stay bound together.

            EX:  Shoe laces

            But there is now an invention to keep them tied.

 

B.  Some People just won’t stay bound together.

            EX:  Couples separated by divorce, siblings always

fighting,  Church splits

 

C.  Don’t you wish there was an invention or glue to bind people

together?  There is.  It is found in scripture.

 

FOUR THINGS NECESSARY TO BIND PEOPLE TOGETHER:

 

I.  LOWLINESS.

ILL:  Have you ever met the Tate family?  They can ruin a church!

Dic Tate:  He insists on running everything in the church.

Agi Tate:  Always stirring up trouble

Ira Tate:  Her husband who always lends a hand

Hesi Tate:  Always putting off church work until later

Devas Tate:  Always announcing the church is doomed

Poten Tate:  Promises to lead the church out of troubl

 

Lowliness is not self-abuse.

Lowliness is putting others’ interests before my own.

“Let nothing be done through strife or vainglory; but in lowliness of mind let each esteem other better than themselves.  Look not every man on his own things, but every man also on the thing of others.”  (Phil.2:3,4)

 

JOY = Jesus first, Others second, Yourself last.

 

A.  Putting Self First Always Results in Battles.

            EX:  Diotrephes  (II Jn.9,10)

            EX:  James & John divide the disciples.

            EX:  Never plow with an ox and an ass together.

 

B.  Putting Self Last Will Result in Bonding.

            EX:  Husbands and Wives.  (see Eph.5:21-27)

            EX:  Between God and me.

 

II.  LONGSUFFERING.

 

A.  Some people are very patient with Circumstances.

            EX:  Fishing or Hunting.

 

B.  Some People are not very patient with People.

 

            1.  Why do we need longsuffering?

                        You will disagree with some people all of the time.

                        You will disagree with all people some of the time.

 

            2.  How do you acquire longsuffering?

 

                        a.  By the Power of the Holy Spirit.

                        “But the fruit of the Spirit is love, joy, peace,

longsuffering, gentleness, goodness, faith,

meekness, temperance.”  (Gal.5:22,23)

 

                        b.  By Tests and Trials.

                        “My brethren, count it all joy when ye fall into

divers temptations, knowing this, that the trying of

your faith worketh patience.”  (James 1:2,3)

                        (Thank your kids for trying your patience)

 

                        c.  By Following the Example of God/Christ.

                        “The Lord is not slack concerning His promise, as

some men count slackness; but is longsuffering to

us-ward, not willing that any should perish, but that

all should come to repentance.”  (II Pt.3:9)

(see also Heb.12:1,2)

 

 

 

 

 

III.  LOVE.

       Do you really love me, your spouse, your kids, your church?

            Before you answer consider:

 

A.  True Love is not a Feeling but a Commitment.

            1.  God commands us to love Him.

                 “Thou shalt love the Lord thy God with all thy heart,

                 and with all thy soul, and with all thy strength, and with

                 all thy mind.”  (Lk.10:27)

 

            2.  God commands us to love each other.

                 “Love thy neighbor as thyself.”  (Lk.10:27)

 

B.  True Love is not Demonstrated by Words but Actions.

            EX:  Man who was taken to marriage couselor.

                        Wife complains he never tells her he loves her.

                        Husband replies, “I told you I loved you when I

proposed to you.  If any thing changes, I’ll let you

know.”

(see I Cor.13:4-8a)

 

With true agape love, you will bind together.

 

IV.  LABOR.

 

A.  All good relationships take work.

            “Endeavoring” = “constantly laboring”  (present participle)

 

            1.  Marriage takes work.  (Mopping floors)

            2.  Friendship takes work.  (Writing, calling)

            3.  Church unity takes work.

                        To keep mouths shut, hearts open, selves available.

 

B.  We Must Do Our Share of the Work.

            1.  Does the Holy Spirit do it all?  NO.

            2.  We must also work.  (see Phil.2:12.13)

 

 

 

Conclusion:

Do you want a relationship that will stay together?

Then everyone must apply some lowliness, longsuffering, love and labor.

Then we will be bound forever.

 

The Old Testament speaks of the covenant people of God. The New Testament speaks of the church. What this tells us is that while we must have a personal faith, we can never have a merely individual faith. You, in other words, cannot be a Christian alone. A man visited an asylum for the criminally insane. He was a bit surprised to find that only three guards were assigned to take care of a hundred inmates. He said to one of the guards, "Aren't you afraid that the inmate will unite, overcome you, and escape?" The guard said, "Lunatics never unite." Locusts do. Christians should. For if we don't, we can't accomplish much.

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