Chapter Two, Lesson One
THE JOY OF UNITY Page
V. 4 (Cont'd.)
** What does Paul have in mind when he says "look out"?
He is talking about the preoccupation or anticipation
of needs. Not just ours, but for the needs of others. We ought to plan
ahead to meet their needs.
** Is Paul saying that it is wrong or sinful to look out for your own
interest or needs?
No - We must plan for and anticipate the needs of our life and the
life of our family.
cf. 1Timothy 5:8
** Well then, what would be wrong in the context of what Paul is saying
To ONLY look out for OUR interest! He wants us to experience the joy
of building unity within the body of Christ by meeting the needs of
others that are within the body.
Remember - Acts 4:34
** There is a tremendous example of how this builds "The Joy
of Unity" within the body, which can be found in the book Acts,
chapter nine and verses 32-43. Would you please join me there as we learn
about a godly women named Tabitha?
This event takes place in Joppa, which was eleven miles west of Lydda,
which in turn was approximately 23 miles west of Jerusalem. This coastal
city was at the southern tip of "The Plain of Sharon".
Tabitha (Dorcas in the Greek), constantly anticipated the needs of
others and aggressively pursued meeting those needs! She had such an
impact, that even her death was a cause for unity within the body of
Christ. cf. Acts 9:39
We would do well to follow her example.
** Today we have enjoyed seeing the first of five settings in which joy
is produced within the body of Christ. What were the four "givens"
of the Christian life that we saw at the beginning of our study?
In Jesus Christ we have experienced His encouragement, His consolation
of love, His fellowship and His affection and compassion. (All to be
shared with our fellow believers!)
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