Amidst a series of rhetorical questions, a shepherd once asked, “Can two walk together, except they be agreed?” (Amos 3:3). The answer is obviousness. Most successes involve a coordinated effort from contributors working side by side, focused on the same goal. Where there is division, discord, or disagreement, failure is certain. A church’s success demands the following:
(1) The church’s government doesn’t change with the preacher. Denominations have structured their manmade organizations without consulting the Bible’s pattern for church government. Christ is the head of the church (Colossians 1:18). Jesus, through the Holy Spirit (John 14:26), gave the apostles authority to set up the church’s government to include elders and deacons (Acts 14:23; Philippians 1:1). Where an eldership is in agreement with God, support and submit to them.
(2) In view of scriptural administration, Christians understand that a preacher is not a CEO; he doesn’t “run” the church; he preaches. Therefore, the message you hear from the pulpit better be God’s Word (Romans 1:16-17). Eloquence is not the issue (Acts 18:24). Test him (1 Thessalonians 5:21). If a preacher teaches God’s truths, listen and apply (Hebrews 3:12). Be advised: even truth from a donkey is still truth (Numbers 22:28-31).
(3) Christians ought to be above ego issues (Mark 8:34). Popularity contests and party-ism prove fatal to a church’s unity. We are one big spiritual family in Christ (Ephesians 3:15) and our focus on Heaven (Philippians 4:13). Self-centeredness spoils spiritual success.
I don’t think Amos ever used the word “synergism,” but he understood the principle. Two, together, can produce more than the sum of their individual efforts. This is the challenge set before us. And, “what shall we then say to these things? If God be for us, who can be against us?” (Romans 8:31).