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A Formula For Unity

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Romans 15:1-6 (NIV)

1 We who are strong ought to bear with the failings of the weak and not to please ourselves. 2 Each of us should please his neighbor for his good, to build him up. 3 For even Christ did not please himself but, as it is written: “The insults of those who insult you have fallen on me.” 4 For everything that was written in the past was written to teach us, so that through endurance and the encouragement of the Scriptures we might have hope.

5 May the God who gives endurance and encouragement give you a spirit of unity among yourselves as you follow Christ Jesus, 6 so that with one heart and mouth you may glorify the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ.

I.        Introduction:

II.      Fulfill Your Responsibility To The Weaker Brother: A Requirement Of You

A.      Bear The Weaknesses Of Your Brother

B.      Put yourself Behind Your Neighbor

1.       Denying Yourself

2.       Pleasing Your Neighbor

a)       To Do Him Good

b)       To Build Him Up

III.   Follow The Examples Provided For You: A Guide For You

A.      The Example Of Christ

1.       Denying Himself

2.       Sacrificing For Others

B.      The Examples In Scripture

1.       Giving Instruction To Us

2.       Giving Hope To Us

a)       By Bringing Us Encouragement

b)       By Helping Us Endure

IV.    Find The Purpose Intended By God: A Goal For You

A.      People Unified In Christ

1.       A Spirit Of Unity Granted By God

a)       Granted By The Same God Who Gives Endurance

b)       Granted By The Same God Who Gives Encouragement

2.       A Spirit Of Unity Granted To People

a)       Unity Experienced Among Themselves

b)       Unity Experienced Following Christ

B.      God Glorified In His People

1.       A People That Glorify God With One Heart

2.       A People That Glorify God With One Voice

V.      Conclusion:

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