Sermon on Unity inthe Church: Building Unity in the Body of Christ

 "Building Unity in the Body of Christ"

We to reflect on a fundamental aspect of our Christian journey - unity within the Church. The Bible consistently emphasizes the importance of unity, describing it as the very essence of the body of Christ. In 1 Corinthians 12:12-27, the Apostle Paul uses the metaphor of the human body to illustrate the necessity of unity within the Church. In Ephesians 4:7-16, we are further reminded of the role unity plays in building the body of Christ to maturity.

  • Unity in the gathered church: The Lord's Supper (Acts 20:7).
  • Unity in the gathered church: Prayer (Acts 4:31).
  • UnityCommunion in the gathered church: Giving (I Cor. 16: 1, 2).
  • Unity in the gathered church: Preaching (2 Tim. 4).
  • Unity in the gathered church: Praise (Eph 5: 19).

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I. Unity is Necessary for the Body of Christ (1 Corinthians 12:12-27)

In 1 Corinthians 12, Paul compares the Church to a human body, where each member has a unique function. Just as a body cannot function if its parts are divided, the Church cannot thrive without unity. Unity is not about uniformity; it's about recognizing the diversity of gifts and talents among believers and working together for a common purpose.

Like a new church

  • Would we not have great evangelistic zeal? (John 1:39, 46 John 4:29 Acts 2:46).
  • Like a persecuted church. Wouldn’t we have a heightened sense of unity, love and determination? (Acts 13:50-52 Acts 14:19-22).
  • Like a church among those in need. Wouldn’t we be compassionate and minister to people’s needs? (Acts 2:44-45 Luke 10:25-37).

II. Building the Body to Maturity (Ephesians 4:7-16)

Ephesians 4:7-16 tells us that Christ has given gifts to the Church, including apostles, prophets, evangelists, pastors, and teachers, for the equipping of the saints and the building up of the body. Unity in the Church is essential for spiritual growth and maturity. When we work together, using our gifts and talents for the common good, we become more Christ-like and achieve the fullness of faith.

  • Salvation is only found in the church that Jesus built (Matthew 16:18).
  • Today, it is necessary to abide or abide in Christ and his church (John 15:6-7).
  • Observe the condition of those who leave the refuge of Christ and His church (2 Peter 2:20-22).

III. Christian Unity Requires Involvement (Acts 2:42-47)

The early Church in Acts 2 provides an inspiring example of Christian unity. They devoted themselves to the apostles' teaching, fellowship, breaking of bread, and prayer. Unity requires active participation. It's not enough to passively attend church; we must engage in the life of the community, just as the early Christians did.

IV. Unity Requires Our Devotion (Acts 2:42)

Acts 2:42 tells us that the early Christians were "devoted" to certain practices. Devotion implies commitment, dedication, and a willingness to prioritize the things of God. To achieve unity in the Church, we must be devoted to prayer, the Word of God, and the fellowship of believers.

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V. Unity Leads Us to Share (Acts 2:43-45)

The unity of the early Church led to a spirit of generosity and sharing. They sold their possessions and distributed to those in need. Unity is not just about doctrinal agreement; it's about caring for one another practically. When we are united, we are moved to share our resources, time, and love with those around us.

VI. Unity Requires Our Lives (Acts 2:46-47)

In Acts 2:46-47, we see that unity in the early Church extended beyond mere attendance at worship services. They shared meals, breaking bread together with glad and sincere hearts. Unity isn't confined to our Sunday gatherings; it must permeate every aspect of our lives, reflecting the love of Christ in our interactions with one another.

VII. Preserve the UNITY of the Spirit with Appropriate Attitudes (Ephesians 4:1-6)

Ephesians 4:1-6 highlights the call to preserve the unity of the Spirit with humility, gentleness, patience, and love. These attitudes are the glue that holds the body of Christ together. We must constantly examine our hearts, ensuring that our actions and words promote unity rather than division.

VIII. Unity Promotes Belief in and Acceptance of Jesus (John 17:21)

Jesus prayed fervently for the unity of His followers in John 17:21. He understood that our unity is a powerful testimony to the world. When the Church is unified, the world is more likely to believe in and accept Jesus Christ as Lord and Savior. Our unity should draw others into the fold of faith.

IX. Unity Empowers Us (Ecclesiastes 4:12)

Ecclesiastes 4:12 reminds us that a cord of three strands is not quickly broken. Unity empowers us as individual believers and as a collective body. Together, we can weather the storms of life, confront challenges, and fulfill our mission to share the Gospel. Unity strengthens us for the tasks set before us.

X. Coming to the Unity of Faith Through Knowledge (Philippians 1:27)

Philippians 1:27 urges us to strive together for the faith of the Gospel. Unity is not static; it grows as we mature in the knowledge of God's Word. As we deepen our understanding of Scripture, we come to a more profound unity of faith. This unity is grounded in the truth of God's Word and the person of Jesus Christ.

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Unity in the Church is not an optional extra; it's a foundational principle of our faith. We are called to function as one body, utilizing our unique gifts for the common good, and building each other up to maturity in Christ. As we reflect on these passages from the Bible, may we renew our commitment to unity, involvement, devotion, and sharing in our Christian communities.

In doing so, we fulfill Christ's prayer for unity in John 17:21: "that all of them may be one, Father, just as you are in me and I am in you. May they also be in us so that the world may believe that you have sent me." Let our unity be a powerful testimony to the world of Christ's love and presence among us.

Unity in the Church is a multifaceted gem. It requires not just our attendance but our lives, our attitudes, and our commitment to the teachings of Christ. When we live out this unity, it becomes a powerful testimony to the world, a source of strength for us, and a means by which we grow in faith.

Let us strive together for the faith of the Gospel, bearing in mind the words of Psalm 133:1, "Behold, how good and pleasant it is when brothers dwell in unity!" May our unity be a fragrant offering to our Lord and a beacon of hope to a divided world.

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