This is often difficult! There are many factors that contribute to a team that is fractured, but it is more important to know how to unify a team than determine what pulls it apart. Critical analysis may accurately pinpoint where the problems started, but that itself will never produce unity unless the team looks outside their own group for the source of unity.
Peter and John created a major crisis for the temple priests, the captain of the temple, and the Sadducees when they healed a man through the name of Jesus and Peter proclaimed the gospel starting with Abraham. It is clear throughout Luke’s account in Acts 3 that Peter and John were fully together in the message of the gospel (3:12-16).
In times when the pure gospel is being watered down by humanism and a mixture of works for salvation, one voice in the pure gospel is of the highest importance. When each person adds their little twist to the gospel, what they say appeals to a certain part of the audience and they draw a following to themselves instead of Christ. Worse, the power of the gospel is lost and conviction of sin is weakened to the point there is no genuine repentance. The religious leaders were “greatly annoyed” (4:2).
This issue lies at the foundation of every ministry that claims to follow Jesus. It’s not just your team and the unity of their voice that is at stake. If any proclamation of Jesus does not stand on the truth and authority of God’s Word, there will be elements in it that take away from the glory of Christ and His work, and in its place exalt man. BE CAREFUL!
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