In our Elders’ meetings, we spend much of our time in prayer. One of the areas in which we continually ask our Father is for unity of the brethren at Southside.
As the apostle Peter states in 1 Peter 3:8, “Finally, all of you, have unity of mind, sympathy, brotherly love, a tender heart, and a humble mind.” When we at Southside are unified by the Holy Spirit, our love for God, and our love for each other, it will allow each of us to endure the trials and tribulations that life brings.
I believe that we unified as a body embodies the old adage, “the sum of the parts is greater than the whole”.
As an example, many years ago, I coached Jr.Pro girls basketball for five years. We won four championships in those five years, going undefeated twice. Before an important game, I provided a #2 wood pencil to one of the girls, and I told her to break it. The pencil was broken easily. Then I placed a rubber band around ten (one for each player) #2 wood pencils, binding them together, and I asked the same girl to break them.
The bound pencils could not be broken. Afterwards, I would always state, if we encourage each other and play together as a team, we will win the game!
As Bryan has discussed in his sermons lately, Acts 4:32 states “Now the full number of those who believed were of one heart and soul…” If we at Southside are one heart and soul, we will understand that each of us at Southside has a role toward maintaining unity.
As a result, we will share the same passion and purpose toward our love for God and for each other and will lead others to know Christ!
– John Wheeler, Elder