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Four Ways To Promote Church Unity     1 Cor. 1:10, 21-31; 3:9-10, 16-17     June 06, 2010

Introduction

       Do you think it is a shame that some churches spit because they lack unity. Does that please God? I think Not. Every Christian needs to be eager to know Four Ways To Promote Church Unity.


          

1.   Church Unity Through The Excellence Of . . Consistency. 1:10

       A.   Consistency Of . . Similar Speech.      1:10a

       10 Now I urge you, brothers, in the name of our Lord Jesus Christ, that you all say the same thing,

 

       B.   Consistency Of . . Same Convictions.  1:10b

       “. . . that there be no divisions among you, and that you be united with the same understanding and the

       same conviction.

    

       If all of us try to talk with similar speech about our church fellowship and share the same convictions it will make a big difference. I talked with a pastor search committee one time that asked, “how do you handle negative people who disagree with the majority?” Why would they need to ask such a question? because some people want their own way and do not blend with those who disagree with them. You know Baptist Churches rarely split; or experience major friction over doctrine. All of us need to yield on personal preferences and have a consistency of speech and hold the same convictions.


 

2.   Church Unity Through The Exaltation Of . . Christ. 1:21-25

       A.   Exaltation Of Christ Through His . . Crucifixion.         1:21-23

21 For since, in God's wisdom, the world did not know God through wisdom, God was pleased to save those who believe through the foolishness of the message preached. 22 For the Jews ask for signs and the Greeks seek wisdom, 23 but we preach Christ crucified, a stumbling block to the Jews and foolishness to the Gentiles.

 

       B.   Exaltation Of Christ Through His . . Calling.         1:24-25

24 Yet to those who are called, both Jews and Greeks, Christ is God's power and God's wisdom,

       25 because God's foolishness is wiser than human wisdom, and God's weakness is stronger than human

       strength.


       The bottom line related to church unity centers in Christ. If our primary purpose emphasizes following and exalting Christ we will be a long way towards a unified fellowship. His crucifixion set an example for us to yield to the common good in our church fellowships. The fact that God called us into salvation relates to us that we should be one with our brothers and sisters in Christ. He didn’t call Jews only, or Greeks only, He called a multi-ethnic group and gave them the ability to dwell in unity.


 

3.   Church Unity Through The Emphasis Of His . . Calling. 1:26-31

       A.   Unity With An Emphasis On Who God . . Did Not Call.      1:26-27

26 Brothers, consider your calling: not many are wise from a human perspective not many

       powerful, not many of noble birth. 27 Instead, God has chosen the world's foolish things to shame the wise,

       and God has chosen the world's weak things to shame the strong.

 

       B.   Unity With An Emphasis On Who God . . Did Call.      1:28-31

28 God has chosen the world's insignificant and despised things—the things viewed as nothing—so He might bring to nothing the things that are viewed as something, 29 so that no one can boast in His presence. 30 But from Him you are in Christ Jesus, who for us became wisdom from God, as well as righteousness, sanctification, and redemption, 31 in order that, as it is written: The one who boasts must boast in the Lord. HCSB


       Paul emphasizes who God did not call. God did not primarily choose many wise, powerful, or those of noble birth. I understand one queen said she was saved because of the letter “m” because she was of nobility and the scripture does not say not, any but not many. Most of us do not fit in the special categories of mankind but would be included in the insignificant classes of people who the Lord saved. That should breed some humility and a desire for unity as well as the centering of any boasting away from man and directed to Christ.


 

4.   Church Unity Through The Excitement Of Being His . . Co-Workers. 3:9-10, 16-17

       A.   Excitement Of Being A Co-Worker For His . . Building.      3:9-10

9 For we are God's co-workers. You are God's field, God's building. 10 According to God's grace that was

       given to me, as a skilled master builder I have laid a foundation, and another builds on it. But each one must

       be careful how he builds on it,

 

       B.   Excitement Of Being A Co-Worker For His . . Body.   3:16-17

16 Don't you know that you are God's sanctuary and that the Spirit of God lives in you? 17 If anyone ruins

       God's sanctuary, God will ruin him; for God's sanctuary is holy, and that is what you are. HCSB


       Now for the last point, unity should come from the knowledge we are co-workers with Him and one another. We build together the building and body that represents Christ. Why do many pastors leave after a building program? Why does much friction arise at these times? I think personal wants rather than what God desires comes to the forefront. If we go back and check the foundation we will ask how what we are doing magnifies Christ for He must be the foundation. If we also keep in mind we are God’s sanctuary we will want

unity. These verses and thoughts may very well be included in Four Ways To Promote Church Unity. Amen? Amen!