Summary: Jesus meant for for His church to be unified and we also know the enemy loves to bring division. Since we are to be unified under a blood covenant with Christ, what should our covenant clothing be? Our filthy rags exchanged for His righteousness..
(Uncommon Unity) Is a term we have used in our church for a few years.
I am asked fairly often, “What is your vision for the Church?” and my answer is usually, “A church that is healthy and unified.” “The real thing!”
Now I realize that that may not be earth shattering, at the same time it’s not all that common either!
• If something is healthy it grows
• If it is united, much can be accomplished
If I were to pick a passage that I want this church to be known for, today’s text would be among the top runners for that first place slot.
Look at the world today and I think we would all agree that the church as a whole has not fulfilled its mission.
The biggest culprit of all is disunity! There is one Jesus but more divisions of His body than we can count. Imagine what the church or a church that is truly unified could accomplish
(Tower of Babel) So what could a unified, blood bought, sold out church, full of the Holy Spirit accomplish?
Genesis 11:6 (NLT)
“Look!” he said. “The people are united, and they all speak the same language. After this, nothing they set out to do will be impossible for them!
(Unify)- We can actually win our community/ world
No wonder Satan works so hard to bring division! What if we could have perfect unity? Is that even possible?
There is one passage however that gives instruction for not only unity, but perfect unity.
Therefore, as God’s chosen people, holy and dearly loved, clothe yourselves with compassion, kindness, humility, gentleness and patience. Bear with each other and forgive whatever grievances you may have against one another. Forgive as the Lord forgave you. And over all these virtues put on love, which binds them all together in perfect unity.
These things in perfected in a church will bring about unity!
Unity is more that Conformity. It is putting the highest priority on the common goal, overlooking and forgiving each other of our differences and failures while seeing every circumstance through the eyes of love.
Unify! Under Covenant, Forgiveness over Blame, Clothed in Love
as God’s chosen people, holy and dearly loved
We were chosen by the father, bought and washed clean through the blood of Jesus and are supposed to be in covenant relationship with Him.
• It says holy, not wholly
• Wholly- would mean completely loved
• Holy- means to be set apart for a noble purpose
Covenants are hard for us to understand the way our society is structured.
• They were seen as a forever binding blood contract that heaven itself watched over, with sure judgment if someone dared to break it!
o We would call that superstitious today
o They called that a fact as it was made before God
o These were not letter of the law contracts but heart of the matter covenants
o A contract is drawn up on paper
o A covenant goes beyond this world into the next!
• Today lawyers make millions both writing out long worded contracts and trying to find loopholes to exploit.