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Summary: A sermon on unity in the church of our Lord

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INTRODUCTION

1. Unity has become a sort of buzz-word in religious circles today

a. In a post-modern era that claims no right or wrong exists

b. People want everyone to go along just to get along, just tolerate differences

c. It sounds nice but is it biblical, I mean really what God wants

2. In this study we will look at God's idea of unity and see what the Bible expects of us

3. We want to look at it from the following points:

a. Drive for unity

b. Definition of unity

c. Deliver unity

4. There is definitely a call for unity from above but now we are going to see just what that means and how to make it happen

TRANSITION: Let's first talk about the:

I. Drive for unity

A. The drive for unity begins in the heart of God

1. John 17:20-23, "I do not pray for these alone, but also for those who will believe in Me through their word; that they all may be one, as You, Father, are in Me, and I in You; that they also may be one in Us, that the world may believe that You sent Me. And the glory which You gave Me I have given them, that they may be one just as We are one: I in them, and You in Me; that they may be made perfect in one, and that the world may know that You have sent Me, and have loved them as You have loved Me."

a. This is rightly understood as a plea for unity

b. That we be united together in Him

2. This is Jesus' last recorded prayer before His arrest and crucifixion

3. And He prays for the unity of all who believe the words of the apostles

B. Paul repeats this plea for unity

1. Ephesians 4:1-3 as was read in our scripture reading

2. The Holy Spirit desires that we STRIVE for unity

a. That means work hard to attain it

b. The Holy Spirit says unity is important

c. He is passing that drive for unity on to us

3. Ephesians 4:13, "Till we all come to the unity of the faith and of the knowledge of the Son of God, to a perfect man, to the measure of the stature of the fullness of Christ"

a. Our task is to bring everyone to unity

b. Unity in faith to maturity through knowledge (Hold on to this thought)

c. IT is your job to foster and drive toward unity in Christ

C. That is what Paul instructs us to do in 1 Corinthians 1:10

1. "Now I plead with you, brethren, by the name of our Lord Jesus Christ, that you all speak the same thing and that there be no divisions among you, but that you be perfectly joined together in the same mind and in the same judgment."

2. We must strive for this kind of unity

TRANSITION: To strive for something we must first:

II. Define it

A. It if from the Greek word Henotais

1. The word actually only occurs 2 X in the Bible and we read both

a. Ephesians 4:3 and 13

b. It is discussed in other places but only used here by Paul

2. It means harmony in musical discipline

a. It is derived from the Greek word heis which means one

b. It would then mean being as one together, in harmony with one another, singing the same song

B. What unity is not

1. Agreeing to disagree

a. Paul says we are to AGREE and have no divisions

b. Jesus said we are to be ONE as He and the Father are

c. We have ONE Lord, ONE faith, ONE baptism


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