It Requires A Fight
So Christ himself gave the apostles, the prophets, the evangelists, the pastors and teachers, to equip his people for works of service, so that the body of Christ may be built up until 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.
It’s clear from Scripture that God desires unity for His Church. Unity is what Jesus prays for, what He commands, and what He says will be the chief argument for unbelieving people coming to know God. But if unity is that important to the heart of God, and that critical to the mission of the church, then why isn’t it something the Church fiercely fights for and passionately pursues? -from Until Unity
Join us on Sundays as we take a a closer look at the Biblical idea of unity within the church with our new sermon series Until Unity based on the scriptures and teachings from the book Until Unity by Francis Chan.
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We encourage you to spend some time with God this week, dive into the Bible, and go a bit deeper on this topic. Please consider these study questions for further reflection:
Unity Requires a Fight. It might seem odd to use the words "unity" and "fight" in the same thought, but some things are worth fighting for. . What are some instances that we would fight for unity. (We fight for unity in the essentials; we fight for unity when others are divisive) Read Titus 3:10, 1 Timothy 6:3-5
When do we NOT fight? We don't fight on secondary or non-essential issues. What are some issues that might be personal preferences or even convictions, but should not cause division in the church? (method of baptism, styles of worship, etc)
How do we fight for unity? Read the following Scripture passages and discuss each how we fight. Fearfully (Matthew 7:1-2), Humbly (1 Corinthians 10:12, Encouragingly (Hebrews 10:24, Purely and Purposefully (1 Corinthians 5:4-5), With Peace in mind (Romans 12:18) Jesus described the process of how to make peace and go about conflict resolution. Read Matthew 18:15-17 and consider when and how we should act on Jesus's words.