It’s What The World Needs
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:
God created all people ( Genesis 3, Colossians 1:16), and he loves all people (John 3:16). But, not all people cam be called children of God. Read John 1:12-13, Romans 8:14-17, Philippians 3:8-9, Galatians 4:4-7. What does it take to become a "child of God"?
As children of God, Jesus calls us to unity SO THAT the world might believe in him. How does our unity draw people to Christ? How does our disunity turn people away? (John 17:20-23, Acts 2:42-45,
The Bible says that there WILL be a judgment day. A day when we will all be judged according to our sins. Those that have put their faith in Christ, believing that his atoning death on the cross will cover our sins will be judged as righteous. Hallelujah! But there is also a judgment for this who do not know God. Read 2 Thessalonians 1:8-9. When thinking of loved ones who don't know God, how does this make you feel? How does our unity as believers affect their situation? What are you willing to do?
Additional Scripture to study:John 17:20-23, Acts 2:42-45, Colossians 1:16, John 3:16, Philippians 3:8-9, Galatians 4:4-7, 2 Thessalonians 1:8-9