2 UnityJohn 1720 “My prayer is not for them alone. I pray also for those who will believe in me through their message, 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. 22 I have given them the glory that you gave me, that they may be one as we are one: 23 I in them and you in me. May they be brought to complete unity to let the world know that you sent me and have loved them even as you have loved me.
4 Unity and Maturity in the Body of Christ Ephesians 4: 1 - 6Unity and Maturity in the Body of Christ1 As a prisoner for the Lord, then, I urge you to live a life worthy of the calling you have received.2 Be completely humble and gentle; be patient, bearing with one another in love. 3 Make every effort to keep the unity of the Spirit through the bond of peace. 4 There is one body and one Spirit, just as you were called to one hope when you were called; 5 one Lord, one faith, one baptism; 6 one God and Father of all, who is over all and through all and in all.
5 One bodyOne SpiritOne hopeOne LordOne faithOne baptismOne God & Father
6 "Be completely humble and gentle; be patient, bearing with one another!""Make every effort to keepthe unity of the Spiritthrough the bond of peace"
7 so it is with Christ. 1 Cor 12:12 One bodyJust as a body, though one, has many parts, but all its many parts form one body,so it is with Christ. 1 Cor 12:12Uniformity
8 "unity without uniformity and diversity without fragmentation" Unity in Diversity"unity without uniformity and diversity without fragmentation"
9 (Latin: In varietate concordia) United in Diversity(Latin: In varietate concordia)
10 God wants His people to be a building – not just a pile of bricks!
11 unity. The members need to be joined together in God doesn't want His people to bejust a collection of body parts!
12 Agreement by all in a given situation UnanimityAgreement by all in a given situation
14 One Spirit12 Just as a body, though one, has many parts, but all its many parts form one body, so it is with Christ. 13 For we were all baptized by one Spirit so as to form one body - whether Jews or Gentiles, slave or free - and we were all given the one Spirit to drink Cor 12: 12,13
15 4 fruits of Christian hope (John Piper) One hopeEspoir Espérance4 fruits of Christian hope (John Piper)Christian hope bears the fruit of true joyChristian hope produces sacrificial loveChristian hope bears the fruit of enduranceChristian hope yields boldness
16 "Christ is either Lord of all One Lord"Christ is either Lord of allor He is not Lord at all!"
17 "…. the measure of faith that God has given to each one." Rom 12:3 One faith"…. the measure of faith that God has given to each one." Rom 12:3"I have kept the faith" 2 Tim 4:7
18 One baptism For we were all baptised by one Spirit into one body… 1 Cor 12:13
19 One God and Father Over all - He is sovereign "One God and Father of all, who is over all and through all and in all."Over all - He is sovereignThrough all - His purposesIn all - His presence
20 One bodyOne SpiritOne hopeOne LordOne faithOne baptismOne God & Father