The Lord desires that His people (the church) be a place and fellowship that demonstrates unity and oneness just as heaven is a place of unity and oneness. There should be no division in the family of faith. Often we do not measure up to this standard. We tolerate too much division and friction in the church. Consequently, we prevent the free flow of Christ's Spirit within the church. A house divided against itself cannot stand.
How do we obtain unity and oneness in the church? The key is really rather simple. The pastor must be in subjection to the voice of the Lord, the church leaders must be in subjection to the voice of the pastor, and the membership must be in subjection to the voice of the leaders. While it may seem that there are three voices; in actuality there is only one voice being echoed on three tiers.
Pastors have been strategically planted within the Body of Christ to be the voice of the Lord in the midst og His people. We must learn to humble ourselves and hear and obey the pastor's voice as it reflects the voice of God. Membership in a church is really a commitment to imitate the pastor God has placed over the house. You are to become his disciple. If you can't respect the pastor enough to imitate him, you have no place being a part of that ministry.

SCRIPTURES FOR STUDY: Jeremiah 3:15; Acts 2:42; 20:28; Hebrews 13:17; Exodus 4: 10-17; 1 Corinthians 1:10; 4:16; 11:1; John 10:4,14,16; 2 Timothy 2:2.

People who rebell and resist pastoral authority in the church are not pleasing God because He is not the author of confusion, nor does He sanction a rebellious spirit.

There is power in the house of God when we function and operate under ONE VOICE!

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Comment by Pastor T. A. Smith Sr on July 14, 2009 at 12:28pm
Bless you, Lockett and Hancock. Pastor Bell, use it, and as you use you it, I pray that it will bring transformation to the hearts and attitudes of those who hear it.
Comment by Eric Hancock on July 14, 2009 at 12:20pm
well said
Comment by PASTOR CHARLES E BELL JR on July 14, 2009 at 11:46am

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