April 19: Ultimate Unity (Ephesians 4:1-6)
Adult Educaiton: This Sunday Brandon Jordan will begin a new series on theology in the youth room at 9:00am, addressing the question, "Theology: why do we need it and how does it affect our lives?" Ray Rutledge will be continuing through The Gospel Project, addressing the fourth of the seven daily sins, gluttony.
I therefore, a prisoner for the Lord, urge you to walk in a manner worthy of the calling to which you have been called, with all humility and gentleness, with patience, bearing with one another in love, eager to maintain the unity of the Spirit in the bond of peace. There is one body and one Spirit—just as you were called to the one hope that belongs to your call—one Lord, one faith, one baptism, one God and Father of all, who is over all and through all and in all. (ESV)
In Ephesians 4:1-6, Paul sets forth the biblical basis for our unity in the church, both universal and local. It’s grounded in the gospel work of Christ, and our calling in light of that work. His saving work provides ultimate, lasting unity, and is the basis for our fellowship at CCC. The challenge we often face is that within the local church, we have other sources of unity, generally found in common interests and identities. These secondary sources of unity may be good in and of themselves, but when they become primary, they have the effect of diminishing the unifying work of the Gospel, and can even be hurtful to the local body. As we examine the text and the topic, let’s ask God to remind us of our one, sufficient hope for biblical unity, and to walk in light of it.
Review and Apply
- How does the fact that God calls different types of folks to Himself, and to our local church, inform how you view those other folks?
- Do you have secondary identities that need to be subjugated to the one, primary identity? What might that look like practically? Are there practical actions you should take?
- How do we walk out our differences, which are often based on biblical convictions, without elevating those differences to a place of primacy?
- How might we appreciate Christ as a Savior of many types of people? What might it say about Him? How might that lead us to worship? To encouragement?