Reading: Stewardship responsibilities
Reference: Luke 6:30-38
Luke 6:30: Give to every man that asketh of thee; and of him that taketh away thy goods ask them not again.
Luke 6:31: And as ye would that men should do to you, do ye also to them likewise.
Luke 6:32: For if ye love them which love you, what thank have ye? for sinners also love those that love them.
Luke 6:33: And if ye do good to them which do good to you, what thank have ye? for sinners also do even the same.
Luke 6:34: And if ye lend to them of whom ye hope to receive, what thank have ye? for sinners also lend to sinners, to receive as much again.
Luke 6:35: But love ye your enemies, and do good, and lend, hoping for nothing again; and your reward shall be great, and ye shall be the children of the Highest: for he is kind unto the unthankful and to the evil.
Luke 6:36: Be ye therefore merciful, as your Father also is merciful.
Luke 6:37: Judge not, and ye shall not be judged: condemn not, and ye shall not be condemned: forgive, and ye shall be forgiven:
Luke 6:38: Give, and it shall be given unto you; good measure, pressed down, and shaken together, and running over, shall men give into your bosom. For with the same measure that ye mete withal it shall be measured to you again.
Reading: Responsibility to seek fellowship
Reference: Heb. 10:23-25
Hebrews 10:23: Let us hold fast the profession of our faith without wavering; ( for he is faithful that promised;)
Hebrews 10:24: And let us consider one another to provoke unto love and to good works:
Hebrews 10:25: Not forsaking the assembling of ourselves together, as the manner of some is; but exhorting one another: and so much the more, as ye see the day approaching.
Reading: Oneness with God
Reference: John 17:17-24
John 17:17: Sanctify them through thy truth: thy word is truth.
John 17:18: As thou hast sent me into the world, even so have I also sent them into the world.
John 17:19: And for their sakes I sanctify myself, that they also might be sanctified through the truth.
John 17:20: Neither pray I for these alone, but for them also which shall believe on me through their word;
John 17:21: That they all may be one; as thou, Father, art in me, and I in thee, that they also may be one in us: that the world may believe that thou hast sent me.
John 17:22: And the glory which thou gavest me I have given them; that they may be one, even as we are one:
John 17:23: I in them, and thou in me, that they may be made perfect in one; and that the world may know that thou hast sent me, and hast loved them, as thou hast loved me.
John 17:24: Father, I will that they also, whom thou hast given me, be with me where I am; that they may behold my glory, which thou hast given me: for thou lovedst me before the foundation of the world.
Reading: Oneness with others
Reference: 1 Sam. 18:1-4
I Samuel 18:1: And it came to pass, when he had made an end of speaking unto Saul, that the soul of Jonathan was knit with the soul of David, and Jonathan loved him as his own soul.
I Samuel 18:2: And Saul took him that day, and would let him go no more home to his father’s house.
I Samuel 18:3: Then Jonathan and David made a covenant, because he loved him as his own soul.
I Samuel 18:4: And Jonathan stripped himself of the robe that was upon him, and gave it to David, and his garments, even to his sword, and to his bow, and to his girdle.
Reading: Working together
Reference: Acts 15:23-29
Acts 15:23: And they wrote letters by them after this manner; The apostles and elders and brethren send greeting unto the brethren which are of the Gentiles in Antioch and Syria and Cilicia:
Acts 15:24: Forasmuch as we have heard, that certain which went out from us have troubled you with words, subverting your souls, saying, Ye must be circumcised, and keep the law: to whom we gave no such commandment:
Acts 15:25: It seemed good unto us, being assembled with one accord, to send chosen men unto you with our beloved Barnabas and Paul,
Acts 15:26: Men that have hazarded their lives for the name of our Lord Jesus Christ.
Acts 15:27: We have sent therefore Judas and Silas, who shall also tell you the same things by mouth.
Acts 15:28: For it seemed good to the Holy Ghost, and to us, to lay upon you no greater burden than these necessary things;
Acts 15:29: That ye abstain from meats offered to idols, and from blood, and from things strangled, and from fornication: from which if ye keep yourselves, ye shall do well. Fare ye well.
Reading: Restoration of oneness
Reference: Job 42:1-6
Job 42:1: Then Job answered the Lord, and said,
Job 42:2: I know that thou canst do every thing, and that no thought can be withholden from thee.
Job 42:3: Who is he that hideth counsel without knowledge? therefore have I uttered that I understood not; things too wonderful for me, which I knew not.
Job 42:4: Hear, I beseech thee, and I will speak: I will demand of thee, and declare thou unto me.
Job 42:5: I have heard of thee by the hearing of the ear: but now mine eye seeth thee.
Job 42:6: Wherefore I abhor myself, and repent in dust and ashes.
Reading: The peril of going alone
Reference: 1 Sam. 13:7-14
I Samuel 13:7: And some of the Hebrews went over Jordan to the land of Gad and Gilead. As for Saul, he was yet in Gilgal, and all the people followed him trembling.
I Samuel 13:8: And he tarried seven days, according to the set time that Samuel had appointed: but Samuel came not to Gilgal; and the people were scattered from him.
I Samuel 13:9: And Saul said, Bring hither a burnt offering to me, and peace offerings. And he offered the burnt offering.
I Samuel 13:10: And it came to pass, that as soon as he had made an end of offering the burnt offering, behold, Samuel came; and Saul went out to meet him, that he might salute him.
I Samuel 13:11: And Samuel said, What hast thou done? And Saul said, Because I saw that the people were scattered from me, and that thou camest not within the days appointed, and that the Philistines gathered themselves together at Michmash;
I Samuel 13:12: Therefore said I, The Philistines will come down now upon me to Gilgal, and I have not made supplication unto the Lord: I forced myself therefore, and offered a burnt offering.
I Samuel 13:13: And Samuel said to Saul, Thou hast done foolishly: thou hast not kept the commandment of the Lord thy God, which he commanded thee: for now would the Lord have established thy kingdom upon Israel for ever.
I Samuel 13:14: But now thy kingdom shall not continue: the Lord hath sought him a man after his own heart, and the Lord hath commanded him to be captain over his people, because thou hast not kept that which the Lord commanded thee.
Reading: Oneness is broken
Reference: Gen. 4:3-15
Genesis 4:3: And in process of time it came to pass, that Cain brought of the fruit of the ground an offering unto the Lord.
Genesis 4:4: And Abel, he also brought of the firstlings of his flock and of the fat thereof. And the Lord had respect unto Abel and to his offering:
Genesis 4:5: But unto Cain and to his offering he had not respect. And Cain was very wroth, and his countenance fell.
Genesis 4:6: And the Lord said unto Cain, Why art thou wroth? and why is thy countenance fallen?
Genesis 4:7: If thou doest well, shalt thou not be accepted? and if thou doest not well, sin lieth at the door. And unto thee shall be his desire, and thou shalt rule over him.
Genesis 4:8: And Cain talked with Abel his brother: and it came to pass, when they were in the field, that Cain rose up against Abel his brother, and slew him.
Genesis 4:9: And the Lord said unto Cain, Where is Abel thy brother? And he said, I know not: Am I my brother’s keeper?
Genesis 4:10: And he said, What hast thou done? the voice of thy brother’s blood crieth unto me from the ground.
Genesis 4:11: And now art thou cursed from the earth, which hath opened her mouth to receive thy brother’s blood from thy hand;
Genesis 4:12: When thou tillest the ground, it shall not henceforth yield unto thee her strength; a fugitive and a vagabond shalt thou be in the earth.
Genesis 4:13: And Cain said unto the Lord, My punishment is greater than I can bear.
Genesis 4:14: Behold, thou hast driven me out this day from the face of the earth; and from thy face shall I be hid; and I shall be a fugitive and a vagabond in the earth; and it shall come to pass, that every one that findeth me shall slay me.
Genesis 4:15: And the Lord said unto him, Therefore whosoever slayeth Cain, vengeance shall be taken on him sevenfold. And the Lord set a mark upon Cain, lest any finding him should kill him.
Reading: Disagreements discussed
Reference: Acts 15:1-11
Acts 15:1: And certain men which came down from Judæa taught the brethren, and said, Except ye be circumcised after the manner of Moses, ye cannot be saved.
Acts 15:2: When therefore Paul and Barnabas had no small dissension and disputation with them, they determined that Paul and Barnabas, and certain other of them, should go up to Jerusalem unto the apostles and elders about this question.
Acts 15:3: And being brought on their way by the church, they passed through Phenice and Samaria, declaring the conversion of the Gentiles: and they caused great joy unto all the brethren.
Acts 15:4: And when they were come to Jerusalem, they were received of the church, and of the apostles and elders, and they declared all things that God had done with them.
Acts 15:5: But there rose up certain of the sect of the Pharisees which believed, saying, That it was needful to circumcise them, and to command them to keep the law of Moses.
Acts 15:6: And the apostles and elders came together for to consider of this matter.
Acts 15:7: And when there had been much disputing, Peter rose up, and said unto them, Men and brethren, ye know how that a good while ago God made choice among us, that the Gentiles by my mouth should hear the word of the gospel, and believe.
Acts 15:8: And God, which knoweth the hearts, bare them witness, giving them the Holy Ghost, even as he did unto us;
Acts 15:9: And put no difference between us and them, purifying their hearts by faith.
Acts 15:10: Now therefore why tempt ye God, to put a yoke upon the neck of the disciples, which neither our fathers nor we were able to bear?
Acts 15:11: But we believe that through the grace of the Lord Jesus Christ we shall be saved, even as they.
Reading: Look upon Zion.
Reference: Isa. 33:20-24; Gospel Hymns for Worship, No. 72
Isaiah 33:20: Look upon Zion, the city of our solemnities: thine eyes shall see Jerusalem a quiet habitation, a tabernacle that shall not be taken down; not one of the stakes thereof shall ever be removed, neither shall any of the cords thereof be broken.
Isaiah 33:21: But there the glorious Lord will be unto us a place of broad rivers and streams; wherein shall go no galley with oars, neither shall gallant ship pass thereby.
Isaiah 33:22: For the Lord is our judge, the Lord is our lawgiver, the Lord is our king; he will save us.
Isaiah 33:23: Thy tacklings are loosed; they could not well strengthen their mast, they could not spread the sail: then is the prey of a great spoil divided; the lame take the prey.
Isaiah 33:24: And the inhabitant shall not say, I am sick: the people that dwell therein shall be forgiven their iniquity.
Reading: Stand fast in one spirit
Reference: Phil. 1:27-30
Philippians 1:27: Only let your conversation be as it becometh the gospel of Christ: that whether I come and see you, or else be absent, I may hear of your affairs, that ye stand fast in one spirit, with one mind striving together for the faith of the gospel;
Philippians 1:28: And in nothing terrified by your adversaries: which is to them an evident token of perdition, but to you of salvation, and that of God.
Philippians 1:29: For unto you it is given in the behalf of Christ, not only to believe on him, but also to suffer for his sake;
Philippians 1:30: Having the same conflict which ye saw in me, and now hear to be in me.
Reading: Christ is the head
Reference: Col. 1:12-19
Colossians 1:12: Giving thanks unto the Father, which hath made us meet to be partakers of the inheritance of the saints in light:
Colossians 1:13: Who hath delivered us from the power of darkness, and hath translated us into the kingdom of his dear Son:
Colossians 1:14: In whom we have redemption through his blood, even the forgiveness of sins:
Colossians 1:15: Who is the image of the invisible God, the firstborn of every creature:
Colossians 1:16: For by him were all things created, that are in heaven, and that are in earth, visible and invisible, whether they be thrones, or dominions, or principalities, or powers: all things were created by him, and for him:
Colossians 1:17: And he is before all things, and by him all things consist.
Colossians 1:18: And he is the head of the body, the church: who is the beginning, the firstborn from the dead; that in all things he might have the preeminence.
Colossians 1:19: For it pleased the Father that in him should all fulness dwell;
Reading: Heirs according to promise
Reference: Gal. 3:26-29
Galatians 3:26: For ye are all the children of God by faith in Christ Jesus.
Galatians 3:27: For as many of you as have been baptized into Christ have put on Christ.
Galatians 3:28: There is neither Jew nor Greek, there is neither bond nor free, there is neither male nor female: for ye are all one in Christ Jesus.
Galatians 3:29: And if ye be Christ’s, then are ye Abraham’s seed, and heirs according to the promise.
Reading: No divisions
Reference: 1 Cor. 1:9-17
I Corinthians 1:9: God is faithful, by whom ye were called unto the fellowship of his Son Jesus Christ our Lord.
I Corinthians 1:10: Now I beseech you, brethren, by the name of our Lord Jesus Christ, that ye all speak the same thing, and that there be no divisions among you; but that ye be perfectly joined together in the same mind and in the same judgment.
I Corinthians 1:11: For it hath been declared unto me of you, my brethren, by them which are of the house of Chloe, that there are contentions among you.
I Corinthians 1:12: Now this I say, that every one of you saith, I am of Paul; and I of Apollos; and I of Cephas; and I of Christ.
I Corinthians 1:13: Is Christ divided? was Paul crucified for you? or were ye baptized in the name of Paul?
I Corinthians 1:14: I thank God that I baptized none of you, but Crispus and Gaius;
I Corinthians 1:15: Lest any should say that I had baptized in mine own name.
I Corinthians 1:16: And I baptized also the household of Stephanas: besides, I know not whether I baptized any other.
I Corinthians 1:17: For Christ sent me not to baptize, but to preach the gospel: not with wisdom of words, lest the cross of Christ should be made of none effect.
Reading: Unity is good and pleasant
Reference: Ps. 133:1-3
Psalms 133:1: Behold, how good and how pleasant it is for brethren to dwell together in unity!
Psalms 133:2: It is like the precious ointment upon the head, that ran down upon the beard, even Aaron’s beard: that went down to the skirts of his garments;
Psalms 133:3: As the dew of Hermon, and as the dew that descended upon the mountains of Zion: for there the Lord commanded the blessing, even life for evermore.
Reading: Jesus’ intercessory prayer
Reference: John 17:1-15
John 17:1: These words spake Jesus, and lifted up his eyes to heaven, and said, Father, the hour is come; glorify thy Son, that thy Son also may glorify thee:
John 17:2: As thou hast given him power over all flesh, that he should give eternal life to as many as thou hast given him.
John 17:3: And this is life eternal, that they might know thee the only true God, and Jesus Christ, whom thou hast sent.
John 17:4: I have glorified thee on the earth: I have finished the work which thou gavest me to do.
John 17:5: And now, O Father, glorify thou me with thine own self with the glory which I had with thee before the world was.
John 17:6: I have manifested thy name unto the men which thou gavest me out of the world: thine they were, and thou gavest them me; and they have kept thy word.
John 17:7: Now they have known that all things whatsoever thou hast given me are of thee.
John 17:8: For I have given unto them the words which thou gavest me; and they have received them, and have known surely that I came out from thee, and they have believed that thou didst send me.
John 17:9: I pray for them: I pray not for the world, but for them which thou hast given me; for they are thine.
John 17:10: And all mine are thine, and thine are mine; and I am glorified in them.
John 17:11: And now I am no more in the world, but these are in the world, and I come to thee. Holy Father, keep through thine own name those whom thou hast given me, that they may be one, as we are.
John 17:12: While I was with them in the world, I kept them in thy name: those that thou gavest me I have kept, and none of them is lost, but the son of perdition; that the scripture might be fulfilled.
John 17:13: And now come I to thee; and these things I speak in the world, that they might have my joy fulfilled in themselves.
John 17:14: I have given them thy word; and the world hath hated them, because they are not of the world, even as I am not of the world.
John 17:15: I pray not that thou shouldest take them out of the world, but that thou shouldest keep them from the evil.
Reading: God enriches through grace
Reference: 2 Cor. 9:6-11
II Corinthians 9:6: But this I say, He which soweth sparingly shall reap also sparingly; and he which soweth bountifully shall reap also bountifully.
II Corinthians 9:7: Every man according as he purposeth in his heart, so let him give; not grudgingly, or of necessity: for God loveth a cheerful giver.
II Corinthians 9:8: And God is able to make all grace abound toward you; that ye, always having all sufficiency in all things, may abound to every good work:
II Corinthians 9:9: ( As it is written, He hath dispersed abroad; he hath given to the poor: his righteousness remaineth for ever.
II Corinthians 9:10: Now he that ministereth seed to the sower both minister bread for your food, and multiply your seed sown, and increase the fruits of your righteousness;)
II Corinthians 9:11: Being enriched in every thing to all bountifulness, which causeth through us thanksgiving to God.
Reading: Fullness of Christ in the church
Reference: Eph. 4:7-16
Ephesians 4:7: But unto every one of us is given grace according to the measure of the gift of Christ.
Ephesians 4:8: Wherefore he saith, When he ascended up on high, he led captivity captive, and gave gifts unto men.
Ephesians 4:9: ( Now that he ascended, what is it but that he also descended first into the lower parts of the earth?
Ephesians 4:10: He that descended is the same also that ascended up far above all heavens, that he might fill all things.)
Ephesians 4:11: And he gave some, apostles; and some, prophets; and some, evangelists; and some, pastors and teachers;
Ephesians 4:12: For the perfecting of the saints, for the work of the ministry, for the edifying of the body of Christ:
Ephesians 4:13: Till we all come in the unity of the faith, and of the knowledge of the Son of God, unto a perfect man, unto the measure of the stature of the fulness of Christ:
Ephesians 4:14: That we henceforth be no more children, tossed to and fro, and carried about with every wind of doctrine, by the sleight of men, and cunning craftiness, whereby they lie in wait to deceive;
Ephesians 4:15: But speaking the truth in love, may grow up into him in all things, which is the head, even Christ:
Ephesians 4:16: From whom the whole body fitly joined together and compacted by that which every joint supplieth, according to the effectual working in the measure of every part, maketh increase of the body unto the edifying of itself in love.
Reading: His grace fills us
Reference: John 1:16-17
John 1:16: And of his fulness have all we received, and grace for grace.
John 1:17: For the law was given by Moses, but grace and truth came by Jesus Christ.
Reading: Joy in the Lord
Reference: Ps. 16:5-11
Psalms 16:5: The Lord is the portion of mine inheritance and of my cup: thou maintainest my lot.
Psalms 16:6: The lines are fallen unto me in pleasant places; yea, I have a goodly heritage.
Psalms 16:7: I will bless the Lord, who hath given me counsel: my reins also instruct me in the night seasons.
Psalms 16:8: I have set the Lord always before me: because he is at my right hand, I shall not be moved.
Psalms 16:9: Therefore my heart is glad, and my glory rejoiceth: my flesh also shall rest in hope.
Psalms 16:10: For thou wilt not leave my soul in hell; neither wilt thou suffer thine Holy One to see corruption.
Psalms 16:11: Thou wilt shew me the path of life: in thy presence is fulness of joy; at thy right hand there are pleasures for evermore.