A. Christ's prayer for unity (Jn. 17:20,21)
- The scope - "for them also which shall believe on me"
- The object - "That they all may be one...that they also may be one in us"
- The ultimate desired effect - "that the world may believe that thou hast sent me"B. Paul's plea for unity (I Cor. 1:10)
- The preexisting condition - see vs. 11,12
- The demand - "speak the same things...no division among you"
- The result - "that ye be perfectly joined together in the same mind and judgment"C. The standard for unity (Eph. 4:4-6)
- One body - the one church
- One Spirit - the one Revealer
- One hope - the one desire
- One Lord - the one Savior
- One faith - the one message
- One baptism - the one access
- One God - the one Source
A. Christ is not to be divided (I Cor. 1:13 )B. Honoring others as equal to Christ is prohibited (I Cor. 1:12-17)C. Division is carnal (I Cor. 3:1-3 )D. Division destroys the temple of God ( I Cor. 3:16,17)
A. Christians are to "walk worthy" of their calling. How is this done? (Eph. 4:1-3)
- With lowliness
- With meekness
- With longsuffering - forbearance through love
- Endeavoring to maintain unity in the "bond of peace"B. Things that can destroy unity
- Selfishness (Php. 2:2-4)
- Uncontrolled tongues (Jam. 3:6-8)
- Anger (Col. 3:8 )
- Unsound teaching (II Tim. 4:3)
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