Unity In The Body

The closer I get to God, the more my heart becomes like His.  For awhile now, I’ve been working out the whole “unity in the body of Christ” thing.  I understand the need for and the importance of unity within the body of Christ, and I understand that the church as we know it today is full of so many different thoughts it can make your head spin.  Just as I have been finding out with doing searches from my blog roll on Church unity.  But the fact that it’s been really troubling me lately on a deep level has got me thinking how much it must be troubling God to see us constantly arguing about our differences.  In His sovereignty,  He sees it all and knows it all.  And as His children, we are to trust Him in Everything.  So as I have re-written this blog post over and over a few times, I have come to realize that we can read every book on the subject, argue about our differences, we can get angry b/c the church isn’t meeting our needs, or that perhaps we feel misunderstood and disconnected, but really, is that what it’s all about?   All we’re really doing is making our divisions bigger. No, Jesus died so that we could live in His peace and learn to walk in His ways.  Jesus gave us His love so we could give it back to the hopeless world that we live in.  We are NOT victoms But VICTORS!  We’ve Overcome through Jesus’ Victory of the cross!!    Does the topic of unity or lack of their of, in our churches at time and as a body frustrate me to no end? You bet it does; because I know it must frustrate and hurt God to see His children arguing about our differences and not doing the work that we were called to do.  God keeps reminding me that it’s not my battle to fight, it’s His.  If this sound familiar out of me, it’s just because it is a huge passion that I have to keep surrendering over to God. It’s a huge prayer that I find myself constantly praying for.  Why?  I think it started long ago, as a kid trying to find my way to the heart of God.  Perhaps one day, God will use me to become part of the solution to this never-ending issue that we seem to constantly face, but for now, it get’s laid down at the cross AGAIN, where it belongs, and I stand up, walk away, trusting God, and start loving the person sitting next to me in church.   So below is a great blog post that I found and helped me to look at things in a positive light, the way I think Jesus would like us to look at it.  The other links below I have quickly glanced at and plan on posting on as I feel led.  May we all put our differences aside and unite because Jesus commands us to in His Word.

   Thank you Jesus for once again pointing these things out to me!

 

Last night @ EMG our Prayer was GOD MAKE US UNIFIED.  A number of parents joined us!  It was a great time together.

Here’s what we talked about.

 

Ephesians 4:1-16

How can we see this happen?

1) Unity requires EFFORT (vs 3-6)

 3Make every effort to keep the unity of the Spirit through the bond of peace. 4There is one body and one Spirit just as you were called to one hope when you were called 5one Lord, one faith, one baptism; 6one God and Father of all, who is over all and through all and in all. Ephesians 4:3-6

Are you making an effort to be unified with the people around you?

Do you understand that you need to play your part to have a unified family?

2) Unity requires SERVICE (vs 12-13)

11It was he who gave some to be apostles, some to be prophets, some to be evangelists, and some to be pastors and teachers, 12to prepare God’s people for works of service, so that the body of Christ may be built up 13until we all reach unity in the faith and in the knowledge of the Son of God and become mature, attaining to the whole measure of the fullness of Christ.  Ephesians 4:12-13

Do you understand your role in the body of Christ (the church)?

Do you understand your role within your family?

3) Unity requires LOVE (vs 15-16)

15Instead, speaking the truth in love, we will in all things grow up into him who is the Head, that is, Christ. 16From him the whole body, joined and held together by every supporting ligament, grows and builds itself up in love, as each part does its work.  Ephesians 4:15-16

Are you loving the people around you?

Further Reading

Romans 10:12-13

Ephesians 2:11-22

Colossians 3:11

1 Corinthians 12:12-13

The Challenge

Let’s walk in unity!  Understanding that UNITY requires effort on our part, serving who God calls us, and loving the world in which we live!  

 

Links off my Blog Roll for “Church Unity”  (and no, I have not read them all yet)

http://www.desiringgod.org/Search/?search=church+unityhttp://www.gty.org/search/church+unityhttp://churchunity.wordpress.com 

http://www.markdroberts.com/htmfiles/resources/churchasbody.htm

http://snowjunkie.wordpress.com/2009/04/26/the-need-for-unity/http://churchwhisperer.com/category/church-unity/ 

http://dangoldfinch.wordpress.com/2009/03/09/sermons-on-the-unity-of-the-church-christians/

http://dangoldfinch.wordpress.com/2009/04/12/the-glue-of-christian-unity/

http://dangoldfinch.wordpress.com/2009/03/19/unity-in-the-body-of-christ/

http://manofdepravity.com/?s=church+unity

http://www.moodyradio.org/brd_SearchResults.aspx?FolderID=1218&SearchText=church%20unity

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10 thoughts on “Unity In The Body

  1. I don’t know if there will ever be unity in “The church Establishment” among all the people. I do know though that there is a unified body of Christ and they could be are neighbor next door or the person on the other side of the world or someone at our work or at the grocery store down the street. There is a body of Christ that is unified but i believe we are strung out throughout the earth.. This is my personal opinion of course!

  2. A M E N! YOU RAE INDEED BLESSED, SISTERkeep on doing what you are doing.God is watching us all and He sure is in control of everythingBTW Nice template and it also loads fast

  3. Robin, this is a great topic. We have been praying at our church this week for this very thing. We recently merged with another church and Oh My. We are in the mist of this issue. We are crying out to God for help. God merged us with a very traditonal church and we are more contemporary. We have been praying in our prayer group for the exact issue. As for me I am a daughter of the God’s Kingdom. I pray we can all put aside our differences and Worship Jesus in Spirit and In Truth. If God shows us just a little of His Glory, I don’t think anyone will care about non-essentials. Thanks for the links and the prayer suggestions. I will be praying it at my prayer group.

    Tammy

  4. I’m all for unity… if only people would just stop being silly and start believing what I believe!

    That’s the big problem, we all want everyone else to sign up to our own personal beliefs, even if we’re not totally sure what those beliefs are.

    Great post Robin. We need to put more effort and love into unity with other believers!

  5. Yes, Peter, I agree we all can hold our own beliefs and agenda’s pretty tightly, but if we would be so bold to remember the warnings of dis-unity in The Bible and truly want to act in a way that is pleasing to God by beomming humble and letting go of our pride for the sake of our brothers and sisters we could truly move mountains in this world and restore hope. It makes me wonder when there is such divisions and complaining of the diversity that we carry, how many people are really holding onto the truths and the warnings of the scriptures. I know for me, when I face my own issues, it is the first place I look, less I be in prayer. God gave us His Word, why don’t we believe it, why don’t we turn to it? I think that is why so many don’t overcome, and don’t live in the power and strength that it holds. But I can’t judge peoples hearts, I just see their actions. And sometimes actions speak lounder than words.

  6. Although I posted on unity, I have so far to go myself. My prayer is that God fills me with his love for others. I need to see the world around me through His eyes – not mine.

  7. I’m right there with ya Alastair! Thanks for your honesty. We all need to be praying for eachother! So your in my prayers brother. May God come and move all our hearts to beat like His. God Bless you my friend and keep seeking His heart!

  8. Thank God I am not alone in this cause for UNITY. In fact I resigned my pastorate and have a full time ministry for this cause. I named my ministry “Building Bridges Ministry” an attempt to connect denominations despite doctrinal and practical differences with my articles given to church leaders with the purpose of telling them to lay down their ‘swords’ using LOVE instead of it. I have a ‘Unity Series Bulletin” which is actually an exposition of John 17 and I am about to finish it and hoping to publish it in a book form. I currently writing ‘Neutralizing Controversial Doctrines” an attempt to liquefy divisive doctrines; Breaking The Walls of Denominationalism, Pulling Down the Stronghold of Fanaticism and others.
    My heart longs for unity as you are desperately desiring it to happen. We must unite ourselves in this cause for we carry the same load. Can we organize ourselves? Let us talk on how we can achieve this seemingly impossible task. But of course if you are called for this purpose you have an invincible faith that despite opposition as I have met you will and we will continue to work for HIs’ Glory!
    Please notify me how we can be one in this great task. Thanks, and I will be waiting your response.

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