We Can Do More Together
“It’s easier to say something than to do something.”
How do you beat shame? Relationships.
We can do more sounds like an order. Together, changes this.
You can be “we” without being together.
“Together means putting aside our small stories for a bigger story.”
What happens when you tap into the potential of what kids are really like?
If you could only pray for one thing for the next generation, what would it be?
We can do more together…When we treat each other like the next generation is watching.
“We look at children and know they can do more. We believe in the next generation.”
Jesus prayed for Unity. John 17, that we would be one.
Jesus could have prayed for anything for the future church. He prayed for unity.
Jesus knew that a fractured church could not united a divided nation.
Our unity affects His credibility.
37M churches 2.2B Christians.
Can you imagine what could happen if we started moving in the same direction?
A united church is a culture-shaping church.
Unity is not uniformity. It’s setting our differences aside to make a difference. Finding a common ground for the common good. The realization that we can do more together.
“The thing to do is to grab the kingdom of God and start living that future now.”
“Wake up! Jesus is knocking. We’re better together if we live the future now.” Danielle Strickland
We can do more together when we keep doing what seems impossible.
It’s not what you build that matters. It’s what happens in you. It’s what happens to you.
How we work together will change how a generation sees God.
When we look around in our communities…name what is broken.
“If we as leaders don’t do something about what is broken in our community we forfeit the right to have influence in our community.”
“If we as leaders don’t do something about what’s broken in our communities, we forfeit our credibility.”
We are responsible regardless of our position.
How can you leverage what you have?
“Leverage whatever status, influence, resource, privilege we have for those around us.”
Proximity changes perspective.
“If you want to be the leader that you need to be in this generation, you’ll have to go see for yourself sometimes.”
“If you’re not getting close enough, you’re not going to be the caring and empathetic leader that you need to be.”
“Everybody Nehemiah needed to rebuild was already in the town.”
“Nehemiah put parents in the gaps in the walls to fight for their families.”
“When you see moms and dads standing the gap fighting for their sons and daughters, it’s a different kind of battle.”
Nehemiah made the parent the champion. Think about how the kids will remember this.
“Don’t stop doing the work you’re doing together. It matters.”
“You keep doing what seems impossible, and you’ll do more than you’ve ever done. Then expect to see God, but not the God you expected.“
We can do more together when we recognize we can’t get there on our own.
When I go to dark and lonely places I forget this principle, we is greater than I.
“Healthy discipleship requires leaders to play together.”
When we work closer together, there is a greater chance of discipleship, a greater chance of faith development.
“What makes you a team is when you rely on one another.”
“If you want to transform your church culture, rely on one another, believe that we is greater than I.”
We can do more together when we speak up for those who are marginalized.
“If traffickers can target vulnerable girls for trafficking, why can’t the church target vulnerable girls for redemption?” @djstrickland
“One of the first ways you participate in injustice is to choose not to see it.”
Want to know how to help empower vulnerable girls? Start here: braveglobal.org
“There’s nothing that forges unity more than mission.” #OC18 @djstrickland
We can do more together when we lead the church to stay focused on what matters.
What’s the faith of the next generation worth? Everything!
You don’t have to go to church to hear preaching…it’s on demand.
“When you lead as a team with one voice…what matters most matters more.” @reggiejoiner #OC18
Once upon a time, one won.
One: Jesus modeled it. Everyone was welcomed. People who were nothing like Jesus, liked Jesus.
“The one thing we all have in common is that Jesus is the Christ, the Son of the living God.”
“Of all the things that Jesus could pray for, He prayed for our oneness.”
“Unity is mission critical and more important than theological correctness. We are defined by the way we love one another.”
The One Another List:
Forgive one another.
Accept one another.
Care for one another.
Encourage one another.
Submit to one another.
Restore one another.
Carry one another’s burdens
Bear with one another.
We are to one another, one another
“Imagine a world where people were skeptical of what we believed but envious of how well we treated one another.”
“God does not show favoritism.”
“It is my judgment, therefore, that we should not make it difficult for the Gentiles who are turning to God.” – Acts 15:19
Let’s not make it unnecessarily difficult to believe in Jesus.
“Concessions are legitimate for the sake of peace.”
Are you more concerned about who’s in office than who’s in heaven?
“Will we prioritize oneness over our politics?”
ONE is an invitation to embrace the one thing we all have in common.
“If your theology separates you from sinners like you, you may have some work to do.”