From the Many—One:
One person can
make a great deal of difference in many ways, when they set their minds to it. The effort of that individual is limited,
however, due to resources. These resources are not just monetary, but physical, emotional, as well as spiritual.
We must realize the individual is important, however, a group effort often brings about better results due to their ability
in having more resources. In most areas this is true, although there are exceptions to any rule. What we want
to discuss today is how the effort of the many, brings about concise and abundant results when following God’s purpose.
By one man’s sacrifice—Jesus Christ—we all are blessed in our deliverance from the penalty of sin.
Jesus paid the price for the many! This allowed us to change from the many individuals into the one—the Church
The Church is where we all come together to worship, be encouraged, and learn from God’s Word for spiritual growth.
It is also a place where we may utilize our greatest gift; the gift of the Church working for a common cause. The concept
of the Church began with Jesus (for it is not mentioned in the Old Testament) and for the first time by Jesus. “Simon Peter answered and said, ‘You are the Christ, the Son of the living God.’
Jesus answered and said to him, ‘Blessed are you, Simon Bar-Jonah, for flesh and blood has not revealed this to you,
but My Father who is in heaven. And I also say to you that you are Peter, and on this rock, I will build My church, and the gates of Hades shall not prevail against it.’” Matthew 16:16-18 That rock that Jesus refers to is the message of Jesus being the foundation
of the Church as the Christ. His Church is that instrument in this world to share this message of hope to a lost and
While the Church is not perfect and there are many that would change the message of the Gospel to fit their own agenda, the
true Church is still alive and well. All those that cling to Biblical truths and follow the leadership of the Holy Spirit,
represent Jesus. Those that do not, are the false prophets that Jesus spoke of as coming to mislead the true Church.
We must adhere, as the true Church, and work together to become that one force for His Message to the world. Many would
have you believe false and half-truths, but they are only false teaches. We need to strive for the leadership of the
Holy Spirit in our dealings with the world. The Church should be a beacon for the world to see God’s love.
We should show that love in our personal, private behaviors as well as our public appearance. The Church is the shining
example that God is active in the world, to save and bless all that will “seek” Him.
and spoke to them, saying, ‘All authority has been given to Me in heaven and on earth. Go therefore
and make disciples of all the nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit,
teaching them to observe all things that I have commanded you; and lo, I am with you always, even to the end of the
age.’ Amen.” Matthew 28:18-20 This Scripture tells us of our purpose
in life and shows us that God’s authority lives within us always. If we could just grasp the fact of how the many
becomes the one, by a common fellowship, we could accomplish great things. It is more a matter of how much effort we
want to put into our faith. Jesus is the Power and all we must do is embrace and claim that authority. It is explained
in the Bible how we, as His people, are given that great authority and responsibility to reach the world.
When we speak of how from the many individuals, we
become the One Church, we see we may accomplish so much more together. Just as projects may be accomplished with group
effort, so may we. The local Church may choose to accomplish great ministries in their area by the efforts of the local
Church. This is used also in our denomination, as Southern Baptist through the Cooperative Program. The foundation
is that we, as a multitude of individual Churches, come together to support ministries, missionaries, and educational efforts
all around the world. Through the many we become the face that multitude sees as representing the One—Jesus.
When we realize we are more than just an individual, and that we may accomplish much more together, we then can do the bidding
of God in this world.
“oneness” is the prime example of the intentions of Jesus for His Church. This “oneness”
is the way we accomplish so much more than we could ever as an individual. This involves attendance, getting involved
physically, and monetarily. This involves your sacrifice for time, talents, and giving to the efforts by the many to
accomplish the ministries of local and world efforts. Many make excuses for their inadequacies in these areas, but let
us realize that we can support through encouragement, prayer, and many other ways. We have many in our Church that cannot
monetarily support much, but they make great effort in a multitude of areas, and this encourages others.
It is only logical in realizing
the many can make much more different than the individual. With this realization, we can see the greatness of the
Church when we embrace that the God of the Universe gives us authority and power to work together to accomplish His purpose.
This is seen in the Church of today as we work together to reach the world. Oh, how we wish that all the Christian Churches
would work for the same purpose. Yet many are reached by these differing approaches in their individual endeavor.
We just need to trust in the Holy Spirit to work together to show the world how we can serve the Living God.