My UNIFIED Church Family
We’ve been in a sermon series at CrossPoint, titled, “My ____ Family.” It’s a family series. Each weekend, we’ve provided a new fill-in answer for discussion. We’ve looked at My Fighting, Confessing, Forgiving, Submitting, Revering, and Momma’s Family. To view the series up to this point, you can view them all here.
It’s week seven of the series. For the remaining five weeks we’re switching gears to talk about “My ____ Church Family.”
The Bible says we are brothers and sisters. We are not only saved to God through the gospel, we’re also saved into a family — God’s family. This week at CrossPoint, we focused on how to function and operate as a unified church family.
The text we learned about is Ephesians 4:1-6.
1 I therefore, a prisoner for the Lord, urge you to walk in a manner worthy of the calling to which you have been called, 2 with all humility and gentleness, with patience, bearing with one another in love, 3 eager to maintain the unity of the Spirit in the bond of peace. 4 There is one body and one Spirit—just as you were called to the one hope that belongs to your call— 5 one Lord, one faith, one baptism, 6 one God and Father of all, who is over all and through all and in all. (ESV)
Listen to the sermon audio here.
Highlights from the message.
We need to be a unified church in a divided world.
Church division ends where personal responsibility begins (v. 1).
People today want all the benefits of the church without holding to the standards in the church.
When we come to church, we don’t come to promote ourselves and our own agenda. We come to submit as one organism to God.
The local church has always been able to divide itself. Even good things such as conferences, baptism, events, and experiences have been used for division instead of unity.
Don’t confuse division with diversity. We embrace diversity and reject division.
Your message is easier to hear when your life displays it. I hear what you’re saying; moreover, I’m watching what you’re showing me.
Church unity is an engine fueled by Christlike character (v. 2).
As we bear with one another in love, the kind of love we are told to incorporate is agape.
We are not saved by good works, but for good works (cf. Ephesians 2:8-10). Good works in your life will happen because these works were prepared beforehand by God for us to walk in.
Our unity is priority because it’s a reflection of our faith (v. 3-6).
Unity is not something we create. Our unity is the person and work of Jesus Christ. We don’t create it, but maintain and guard it.