E PLURIBUS UNUM

God and Country Day
Psalm 133:1; John 17:20-22

June 28, 2020
Dr. Mark S. Hartman, Lead Pastor

 

INTRODUCTION

A. E PLURIBUS UNUM is Latin for “out of the many, one.”

B. “Gentlemen, now we must all hang together or most assuredly we shall all hang separately.”  (Benjamin Franklin)

C. Our founding fathers knew that to survive, we must remain as the “The United States of America.”

 

1. GOD’S INTENTION FOR SUGAR CREEK IS FOR US TO ALSO BE E PLURIBUS UNUM – OUT OF MANY, ONE.

A. “Before you judge me why not walk a mile in my moccasins?”  (Poem entitled Judge Softly, Mary T. Lathrap in 1895)

B. When God uses the word unity, He means a oneness centered around Jesus and His purpose.

C. Even the gates of hell cannot prevail against this church when we are united in Jesus Christ.

 

2. THE BEAUTY OF UNITY.

A. Psalm 133:1  Behold, how good and pleasant it is for brethren to dwell together even as one.

B. John 17:20-21  I am praying not only for these disciples but also for all who will ever believe in me through their message.  21 I pray that they will all be one, just as You and I are one — as You are in Me, Father, and I am in You.  And may they be in us so that the world will believe You sent Me.  (NLT)

C. “I have never known the Spirit of God to work where the Lord’s people were divided.”  (Dwight L. Moody)

D. John 17:22  I in them, and You in Me; that they may be made perfect in one, and that the world may know that You have sent Me, and have loved them as You have loved Me.

 

3. THE BASIS OF OUR E PLURIBUS UNUM.

A. Our unity is centered on Jesus.

Ephesians 2:14  For Christ Himself has brought peace to us.  He united us into one people when, in His own body on the cross, He broke down the wall of hostility that separated us.  (NLT)

B. Our unity is centered on Jesus’ goal.

Matthew 28:19-20  Therefore go and make disciples of all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit,  20 and teaching them to obey everything I have commanded you.  And surely I am with you always, to the very end of the age.  (NIV)