August 26, 2018 Speaker: Keith Ferguson Series: Swimming Upstream

Scripture: Romans 12:2, John 17:16

Swimming Upstream #1 - UNITY


One of the greatest challenges to following Jesus is that His ways are so different from what comes __________ to us and is ____________ in the larger culture.


“Do not be conformed to this age…” – Romans 12:2

“They are not of the world…” – John 17:16


To follow Christ faithfully, we must be willing to swim upstream against the __________ ____________ of our contemporary culture, and yet do it in such a way that is humble, gracious, and loving. 


Jesus prays that His church will be unified (John 17:21). 

Yet, we live in an age of __________ and never-ending ___________.


The Way of Jesus feeds unity, while our way feeds division…


The Way of Jesus is the way of _________, not the way of _________.

What is a culture of grievance?


 The Way of Jesus is the way of speaking the ________ in love, not the way of _______. What is a culture of gossip? 


 How can we swim upstream against division and work for unity?


  • Know who we are ______________. (Galatians 3:28)


  • Do ________ to people _______ to resolve conflict.  (Matthew 18:15)


Practice __________ with God and with people. (1 Thessalonians 5:18)

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