Unity is absolutely essential to reach any kind of achievement. It’s needed in families. To have a happy family, you must have unity there.
It’s needed in business. Employees must learn to get along. It’s needed in government in order for the government to get anything done. Our government can be brought to a standstill whenever the different parties cannot get along.
On a hockey team, players have to be unified in order to win and just putting guys in the same jersey doesn’t automatically make them a team as you very well know.
But especially in the church, there must be unity for God to be able to work and for the church to become all that God wants it to be.
Unity is a key theme in the Bible. The Bible talks more about unity than it does heaven and hell. It is up to EVERY person to help safeguard the church’s unity.
Churches are made up of people and believe it or not there are no perfect people. So people get into conflict with each other so we need to learn how to deal with it.
4 reasons why unity is important in the church
1. Unity is important because Jesus prayed for it.
Just before Jesus went to the cross He prayed for His followers. In this prayer Jesus prays for the unity of the church.
“My prayer is not for them alone. I pray also for those who will believe in me through their message, 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. I have given them the glory that you gave me, that they may be one as we are one — I in them and you in me—so that they may be brought to complete unity. Then the world will know that you sent me and have loved them even as you have loved me.” John 17:20-24
2. Unity is important because we are commanded to make unity the top priority.
Ephesians 4:3 says:
“Make every effort to keep the unity of the Spirit through the bonds of peace.”
One of our primary jobs as Christians is maintain unity and promote peace. Whatever it takes!
3. Unity is important because it is a witness to the world.
In John 13:34-35 Jesus said:
“By this shall all men know that you are my disciples, that you love one another.”
When a church loves each other there is unity and harmony. Guests will walk into the service and say “There’s something going on in here that I want.” Bill Hybels, the pastor of Willow Creek Community Church just outside of Chicago makes this statement. “If you create a loving community, first time seekers will sniff it and say “I want in.”
4. Unity is important because God blesses the unified church.
Acts 2:46-47 says:
“Every day they continued to meet together in the temple courts. They broke bread in their homes and ate together with glad and sincere hearts, praising God and enjoying the favor of all the people. And the Lord added to their number daily those who were being saved.”
God can’t help but bless a unified church. God is looking for warm fellowships to place new Christians where they can be nurtured. You cannot stop a unified church. God will be able to do so much with us when we are unified!
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