Sermon Summary: Neglect, Unity, and the Servant Leader

For this week's edition of Sermon Summary, Josmel LaFontaine, Cedar Community Group Leader, shares thoughts/impressions/reflections on Pastor Rich's sermon on Unity and the role of Servant Leadership in the body of Christ. 

Our end goal is NOT Diversity but Unity
— Pastor Rich Perez

This summer I'm approaching my fifth year at CCF. It is unbelievable to measure the time I’ve been receiving and serving within this community of faith. Being a part of this CCF has helped me see, now more than ever, that the written word of God is what anchors my relationship with Christ - it is and has been what holds me in place when the waves are tossing to and fro.

I sat there Sunday afternoon as Pastor Rich passionately preached and prepared himself to announce the next class of deacons (servant leaders).  

The problem is diversity can co-exist with division
— Pastor Rich Perez


“The problem is diversity can co-exist with division. . .we are perhaps the most diverse country on the planet, yet we are the most divided” Pastor Rich said.

I nodded my head as I thought how we settle for what we think is good, when God offers great. Diversity is beautiful, but it is a small piece to the larger puzzle God is putting together. Our end goal is not diversity but unity. Unity is the state of being joined as whole. Our culture admires diversity. We see the beautify in biracial people,  we appreciate schools and businesses advocating for diversity in their demographic make up, but diversity is not enough; it is not the ultimate answer.

When I look at the Word of God, Unity (oneness) is what drives my Lord to His knees.

I am no longer in the world, but they are in the world, and I am coming to you. Holy Father, keep them in your name, which you have given me, that they may be one, even as we are one.
— John 17:11

His prayer for you, dear Christian, is that we may be one, as He is one with God. Unity is the state of being joined as whole. Biblically my God doesn't settle for diversity, he prays for unity.

I encourage you, do not settle for what seems just good; look at what He has written, which is great.