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Summary: Christians and churches must find their common bonds through the grace of God and the work of Christ because what unites us is far stronger than what divides us

Common Bonds

Ephesians 4:1-6

November 16, 2003

Morning Service

Introduction

How many of you have played the board game Tribond?

Tribond is one of those board games that you either love or hate. The object of the game is to move all three of your pawns into the home base by answering a series of questions. Each of the questions asks what the three items mentioned have in common.

For example: a card might list tree, car and elephant wanting the answer that they all have trunks. The game can either be fun or frustrating but the key to winning is figuring out what the common bonds of various items.

The same is true for the church. if we are to ever find victory to the fullest; we have to discover our common bonds and make that our focus. Anything less is not acceptable.

One of the things that truly impressed me about this church was the fact of the great diversity that exists here. Some of you might not see it this way but your church is very diverse.

There are some of you here who have been a part of this church for over a decade and there are some who have been attending for just a few months. There are those who are older and there are infants in the nursery. There are those who have been long time Christians and there are those who have just recently given their life over to Christ. This church is diverse.

If you look at the various backgrounds that exist here there is even more diversity. There are those who have always been Wesleyan or Pilgrim Holiness. There are those who come from a background in the Methodist church. There are some that come here from the Nazarene church or other holiness denominations. There are others who come from the Baptist church, Church of Christ, the Lutheran church and the Catholic church just to name a few of those that people have mentioned to me. This church is diverse.

We also come from a variety of occupations. There are full time students construction workers, police officers, stay home moms, management personnel, steel workers and those who are retired. All of this merely scratches the surface of the great diversity that exists within this church. I think that I have made my point that this is a diverse church.

Those things that make us different also make us stronger. Our differences give us the ability to pull from so many different talents and abilities as we have the need. However, this can create some interesting challenges; with all of this diversity, unity can be a truly difficult feat to accomplish.

So how can a church with this much diversity experience true unity that we need to accomplish greater things for God?

We need to remember that the things that unite us are far more important than the things that divide us.

If we focus on our differences, our focus is on each other. if we focus with unity, our focus is on God – Author Unknown

As believers, we are united by seven common bonds. Please open your Bibles to Ephesians chapter four. We will begin with the first verse and finish with verse six.

I. We share a common body


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