Devotionals by Jack Graham

Choosing Christian Unity Over Uniformity

February 20

Now there are varieties of gifts, but the same Spirit; and there are varieties of service, but the same Lord; and there are varieties of activities, but it is the same God who empowers them all in everyone.

>1 Corinthians 12:4-6

Every so often when I preach about the necessity of unity in the church, people get confused and think I’m preaching about uniformity. But there’s a big difference between the two. You can tie a dog’s tail together with a cat’s, and you have uniformity. But that doesn’t necessarily mean you have unity.

So when churches get different people together and try to force everyone into the same mold, they can often end up in a situation where, with good motives, they’re trying to bring about unity by creating uniformity. They make everyone do the same thing, but no one is really fulfilled in the end.

That’s because God hasn’t called the church to be a disciple “assembly line” where every follower of Christ looks the same. Instead, He has allowed the body of Christ to be multi-faceted where each believer uses the gifts he or she has been given for the glory of God. That’s unity!

So when you feel forced into the mold of what a “good Christian” looks like, remember to keep the main thing the main thing. Put your relationship with Christ first, and allow Him to express His life through you, however He’s created you!

CHOOSE UNITY OVER UNIFORMITY BY FULFILLING THE MINISTRY GOD HAS GIFTED YOU FOR.



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About PowerPoint

PowerPoint Ministries is the radio and television broadcast ministry of Jack Graham, pastor of Prestonwood Baptist Church — a nearly 37,000-member church with three campuses in the Dallas and North Texas region. Through PowerPoint Ministries, Dr. Graham offers practical, biblical steps on how to tap into God's power for successful Christian living.

About Jack Graham

PowerPoint Ministries is the radio and television broadcast ministry of Dr. Jack Graham in Plano, Texas. Dr. Graham is the pastor of Prestonwood Baptist Church, one of the nation's largest, most dynamic congregations.

When Dr. Graham came to Prestonwood in 1989, the 8,000-member congregation responded enthusiastically to his straightforward message and powerful preaching style. He challenged the Prestonwood family with a vision for a larger outreach, and in 1999, the church moved from its North Dallas location to a new 7,500-seat auditorium in west Plano.

Thriving with more than 33,000 members, Prestonwood continues to grow with seven weekend worship services, four midweek services, about 300 Bible Fellowship classes for all ages, and multiple outreach and community ministries that reach thousands. In 2006, the church added a second location, the North Campus, in a burgeoning area 20 miles north of Plano. And in 2011, Prestonwood returned to its roots—beginning its third location, the Dallas Campus, about two from miles from its original location.

Dr. Graham has served two terms as president of the Southern Baptist Convention, the largest American Protestant denomination, with 16 million members and as president of the SBC Pastor’s Conference.

He is a noted author of numerous books, including You Can Make a Difference, Lessons from the Heart, A Hope and a Future, Life According to Jesus, Are you Fit for Life? and Powering Up. Courageous Parenting, co-authored by his wife, Deb, is based on their experiences as parents. Dr. Graham’s passionate, biblical teaching is also seen and heard across the country and throughout the world on PowerPoint Ministries. Through broadcasts, online sermons and e-mail messages, he addresses relevant, everyday issues that are prevalent in our culture and that strike a chord with audiences worldwide.

Dr. Graham was ordained to the Gospel ministry in 1970, and has a master of divinity degree with honors and a doctor of ministry degree in Church and Proclamation from Southwestern Baptist Theological Seminary.


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