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Session 24

The key to effectiveness in the church

Read: Exodus 24

Few things are more painful than watching a talented team fall apart. It happens in every Olympics and every World Cup. A nation puts its most talented players on a team but forgets that talent will only get a team so far. Without unity, players pull in different directions and the team never reaches its potential.

Divisiveness stops teams from winning games. It also stops churches from seeing the good news about Jesus spread farther and faster than we ever dreamed.

In Exodus 24, the Israelites experience the true potential of the church. When Moses shared God's laws with the Israelites, they replied with one voice, "everything the Lord has said we will do” (Exodus 24:3). They were unified in their answer, and "they saw God” (Exodus 24:11).  

In 1 Corinthians 1:10, the apostle Paul emphasizes the importance of church unity, saying, “I appeal to you, brothers and sisters, in the name of our Lord Jesus Christ, that all of you agree with one another in what you say and that there be no divisions among you, but that you be perfectly united in mind and thought.”

Satan wants nothing more than to draw our focus away from Jesus with petty, divisive bickering. When Christians argue about politics, policies, or procedures, we lose focus on our mission: connecting people to Jesus and each other. 

Divisiveness slows the work God wants to do in and through us. But when churches value unity more than ideology, the good news about Jesus spreads like all-consuming fire throughout the world (Exodus 24:17).

Reflect:

  • What’s one way you’ve seen divisions in the church push people away from Jesus?
  • Why do you think unity matters so much to God?
  • What’s one step you can take this week to build unity instead of division in the global church? Maybe you need to forgive someone or reach out to an old friend. Will you do it today?

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What if the right thing costs you everything?

What if the right thing costs you everything?

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2

Are you in need of rescue?

Are you in need of rescue?

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3

Help is on the way

Help is on the way

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4

Looking for a sign that God is with you?

Looking for a sign that God is with you?

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5

What to do when God doesn’t meet your expectations

What to do when God doesn’t meet your expectations

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6

Will you let God set you free?

Will you let God set you free?

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7

Great success often starts with failure

Great success often starts with failure

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8

How to break a cycle of regret

How to break a cycle of regret

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9

What is your purpose in life?

What is your purpose in life?

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10

When you can’t see clearly

When you can’t see clearly

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11

We are all enslaved to something

We are all enslaved to something

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12

Freedom comes from following instructions

Freedom comes from following instructions

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13

How remembering the past shapes the present

How remembering the past shapes the present

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14

How to win the war

How to win the war

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15

How to celebrate life, even when it sucks

How to celebrate life, even when it sucks

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16

God’s presence is greater than His presents

God’s presence is greater than His presents

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17

God is our banner

God is our banner

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18

The gift we never knew we needed

The gift we never knew we needed

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19

The one person who never breaks a promise

The one person who never breaks a promise

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20

A new way to think about God’s commands

A new way to think about God’s commands

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21

Revenge isn’t as sweet as you think it will be

Revenge isn’t as sweet as you think it will be

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22

What if you are the thief?

What if you are the thief?

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23

Timing is everything

Timing is everything

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24

The key to effectiveness in the church

The key to effectiveness in the church

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25

Why you should give God your best

Why you should give God your best

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26

Worship is more than singing on Sunday

Worship is more than singing on Sunday

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27

What it means to be set apart

What it means to be set apart

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28

You were made to make a difference

You were made to make a difference

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29

Is impatience getting the better of you?

Is impatience getting the better of you?

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30

You’ve got a friend in me

You’ve got a friend in me

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31

You can come to God after a mistake

You can come to God after a mistake

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32

What happens when everyone gives what God says

What happens when everyone gives what God says

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33

How to do more than you ever thought possible

How to do more than you ever thought possible

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34

How to prepare our hearts for worship

How to prepare our hearts for worship

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