Summary: What is unity? In this passage, we learn what true biblical unity in the church is.
Buzzwords. Who likes buzzwords? Paradigm shift. Synergy. Empowerment. Exit strategy. Wellness. Offshoring. Downsizing. Benchmarking. Mission Critical. Fuzzy logic. We love our buzzwords. But do we always know what we mean when we use a buzzword? Do other people know what we mean? How about this one:
Due to the disconnect particularly as regards to the digital divide emerging between our differing demographics we seek to construct a next generation framework using a fundamental paradigm shift leading to the desired outcome of a win-win situation which going forward will at the end of the day, utilising front end technology and best practice such as webinars, B2B, rich media and and appropriate information logistics as well as utilising best practice real world management techniques, create a holistic approach, keeping in view our event horizon and releasing synergies while touching base with all stakeholders as they are empowered to reach their potential, with particular emphasis on our solutionaries and game-changers, so that the enterprise in our globalised, intergrated society may achieve a seamless transition to a mission critical mindset and thus avoid downsizing and inappropriate offshoring and maintain our edge and critical mass in our customer-centric marketplace going forward.
Buzzwords, we laugh at them. But we all use them! And in the Christian world, we have buzzwords too. Here are some: Callling. Giftings. Unity. Equipping. We use them a lot. Last year, the church was looking for a new pastor who had certain giftings. And a calling. Then you were going to call him. For some reason, you called me. As a church, you want to be equipped. Equipped in your gifitings. And in it all, youd like to see a bit of unity. We use these phrases a lot. But do we always know what they mean? Even if we do, do our listeners know what they mean? Or are they just buzzwords that we use, hoping we know what they mean? Thinking we know what they mean? Assuming the other person knows that they mean?
Today we start with Ephesians 4, which looks at these buzzwords - call, gifts, unity, equipping. And today we look at verses 1-6 which look at call and unity. It looks at other words too. But they arent buzzwords. Words like, humble, patient, gentle. They arent buzzwords. Who wants to be humble, patient and gentle?! So lets dive in and have a look at the first six verses. The words calling, unity as well as humble, patient, gentle.
But before we do lets have a look at a bit of context. Last week we finished off the first section / first half of Ephesians. What was it about? It was about what Christ has done for us. Spritual blessings. Chosen before the foundation of the world. Adopted as His children. Our sins forgiven. We have an inheritance, an eternal inheritance. We have been made alive in Christ taken from death to life. The barrier between us and God and between each other has been broken down. We are part of His church. We are His instrument to make His wisdom made known throughout the heavenly realms. What a privilege! And chapter 3 concluded with what? A prayer! A prayer for what? For power. Power for what? Power to understand the ununderstandable love of God! And strength. Strength for what? Strength so that Christ can live in our hearts! And so that we may be filled with all the fullness of God! Is there anything else we could want? Such a gift. And we were so unworthy to receive it.