Message Notes 3.7.21 | A Church United |John 17:22–23; 1 Corinthians 12:13; Ephesians 4:1–6; Ephesians 4:13

John 17:22–23 (ESV)

22 The glory that you have given me I have given to them, that they may be one even as we are one, 23 I in them and you in me, that they may become perfectly one, so that the world may know that you sent me and loved them even as you loved me.

1 Corinthians 12:13 (ESV)

13 For in one Spirit we were all baptized into one body—Jews or Greeks, slaves or free—and all were made to drink of one Spirit.

Ephesians 4:1–6;13 (ESV)

I therefore, a prisoner for the Lord, urge you to walk in a manner worthy of the calling to which you have been called, with all humility and gentleness, with patience, bearing with one another in love, eager to maintain the unity of the Spirit in the bond of peace. There is one body and one Spirit—just as you were called to the one hope that belongs to your call— one Lord, one faith, one baptism, one God and Father of all, who is over all and through all and in all….

13 until we all attain to the unity of the faith and of the knowledge of the Son of God, to mature manhood, to the measure of the stature of the fullness of Christ,

Why Is It Important?

I. Because Christ died to secure it.

Ephesians 2:13–16 (ESV)

13 But now in Christ Jesus you who once were far off have been brought near by the blood of Christ. 14 For he himself is our peace, who has made us both one and has broken down in his flesh the dividing wall of hostility 15 by abolishing the law of commandments expressed in ordinances, that he might create in himself one new man in place of the two, so making peace, 16 and might reconcile us both to God in one body through the cross, thereby killing the hostility.

II. Because it is a witness to the world.

What Unity Is Not

III. It is not mainly outward.

A. Not organizational

B. Not uniformity

C. Not unanimity

1. Essential truth for salvation 

 2. Important truths but not saving

3. Interesting truths but not essential or important 

What Unity Is

IV. An unseen truth that is based on a shared life through saving faith.

V. Unity must be preserved and protected, but how?

A. By working hard to have harmonious relationships with all believers.

Colossians 3:11 (ESV)

11 Here there is not Greek and Jew, circumcised and uncircumcised, barbarian, Scythian, slave, free; but Christ is all, and in all.

B. By growing in our understanding of Biblical truth.

C. By displaying racial, cultural, and social unity and diversity.

Galatians 3:28 (ESV)

28 There is neither Jew nor Greek, there is neither slave nor free, there is no male and female, for you are all one in Christ Jesus.

D. By accepting and appreciating one another’s gifts.

E. By accepting all those Christ accepts.

F. By rejoicing when other gospel-preaching churches do well.

1 Corinthians 4:7 (ESV)

For who sees anything different in you? What do you have that you did not receive? If then you received it, why do you boast as if you did not receive it?

G. By holding to essential Biblical truth while guarding against pride.

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