TITLE: Tear down the Walls
TEXT: Ephesians 2:14-18
PROPOSITION: Walls prevent peace in the church.
KEY WORD: Types
1. We all long for peace and harmony with others
2. The absence of war does not constitute peace
I. Walls serve as a defense mechanism
A. When we feel threatened, a sense of danger
B. Protect me from your ideas invading my thinking
C. Shield me from your unkind words, criticism
II. Walls prevent communication
A. Cycle - Think, express, hear, process, feedback
B. Cycle breaks down at any point = no communication
deacons, members, teens, classes
We need to improve our communication, ideas, thoughts, suggestions
D. Don't be hurt if every idea is not taken
III. Walls prevent sight
A. Joy, pain, hurts – "Nobody know the trouble I've seen"
B. What are you dealing with in your life right now?
C. How can I help?
IV. Walls compartmentalize us
A. Name-calling: liberal, Anti, 5-stepper
B. Race, education, wealth, position
V. Two types of walls
A. Load bearing - can't do without them.
B. Interior walls - can be moved, removed.
We will never find peace until the middle walls are torn down and removed.
Problem: Most of our walls have no doors in them.
STOP BUILDING WALLS! START OPENING DOORS!