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1 UNITY IN SPIRIT (EPHESIANS 4:1-6) By Ed Maquiling http://mountainviewcoc.wordpress.com http://edmaq.wordpress.com

2 OUTLINE HOW TO ACHIEVE UNITY HOW TO ACHIEVE UNITY WHAT IS THE BASIS OF UNITY WHAT IS THE BASIS OF UNITY

3 What Ephesians 4:1-6 tells us Verses 1-3. Ways to achieve unity in the body of Christ. Verses 1-3. Ways to achieve unity in the body of Christ. Verses 3-6. On what should unity be based: Verses 3-6. On what should unity be based: One body, One Spirit One body, One Spirit One hope, One Lord One hope, One Lord One faith, One baptism One faith, One baptism One God and Father of all One God and Father of all

4 WHAT IS OUR TARGET? You of De Castro and Pasig- Kapitolyo have become one. You of De Castro and Pasig- Kapitolyo have become one. Keep that unity alive. Keep that unity alive.

5 PSALMS 133:1 Behold, how good and pleasant it is for brethren to dwell together in unity! Behold, how good and pleasant it is for brethren to dwell together in unity!

6 1 CORINTHIANS 1:10-12 Church of Christ in Corinth I am of Paul I am of Cephas I am of ApollosI am of Apollos I am of Christ

7 CATHOLIC CHURCH WAS DIVIDED! 530: Roman Catholic Church 530: Roman Catholic Church 1054: Greek Catholic Church – Filioque Controversy 1054: Greek Catholic Church – Filioque Controversy 1517: German Catholics (Lutherans) 1517: German Catholics (Lutherans) 1533: Anglo Catholics (Church of England) 1533: Anglo Catholics (Church of England) 1870: Old Catholics – Papal infallibility 1870: Old Catholics – Papal infallibility 1901: Philippine Catholics (Aglipayans) 1901: Philippine Catholics (Aglipayans)

8 Fights in the family

9 Anger and wrath under no control

10 Wanton destruction

11 Too much tears

12 Division Monumento Baclaran

13 If all members were tornadoes…

14 THINK AND PONDER!

15 Medicine for our spiritual illnesses

16 TO ARRIVE AT PAULS GOAL FOR CHRISTIANS What is needed is not a program but an environment, or an atmosphere that promotes better attitudes in the group. What is needed is not a program but an environment, or an atmosphere that promotes better attitudes in the group.

17 ACHIEVE UNITY BY WATCHING HOW WE WALK (1) Ye walk worthy of the vocation by which ye were called (4:1) (1) Ye walk worthy of the vocation by which ye were called (4:1) Walk worthy of your vocation. Walk worthy of your vocation. We were called to be Gods own Kingdom, people, church, nation. We were called to be Gods own Kingdom, people, church, nation. Show by our lives what we truly are. Show by our lives what we truly are.

18 Live as Gods true flock!

19 Not like the goats!

20 Not like the dogs!

21 (2) Walk with all lowliness and meekness (4:2a) (2) Walk with all lowliness and meekness (4:2a) In a voluntary humility" (Col. 2:18). In a voluntary humility" (Col. 2:18). Humility that is willed. Humility that is willed. With our minds controlled With our minds controlled With our lips controlled With our lips controlled

22 Humble enough to wash feet!

23 Except ye be converted and become as little children… (Matt. 18:2).

24 Serving as referee to these two boys has been a tiresome job for me!

25 I have discovered however that as long as they are engrossed in something they enjoy feeding the cow– they forget fighting!

26 Do nothing from selfishness or conceit, but in humility count others better than yourselves (Philippians 2:3). Do nothing from selfishness or conceit, but in humility count others better than yourselves (Philippians 2:3).

27 (3) Walk with longsuffering (4:2b) (3) Walk with longsuffering (4:2b) Bearing patiently with the faults and infirmities of others. Bearing patiently with the faults and infirmities of others. Love is patient (1 Cor. 13:4). Love is patient (1 Cor. 13:4).

28 There is wisdom in being patient. The wisdom of waiting for the right time, not pushing a brother to change but to wait for God to do it in His own good time. The wisdom of waiting for the right time, not pushing a brother to change but to wait for God to do it in His own good time. God has his own time frame. He is not governed by our own schedules. God has his own time frame. He is not governed by our own schedules.

29 Wisdom of waiting for God to touch and change things and people, not in ways we think He should. Wisdom of waiting for God to touch and change things and people, not in ways we think He should. He works in ways that oftentimes baffle us. He works in ways that oftentimes baffle us. Isaiah 55:8-9 – His thoughts and ways are higher than ours. Isaiah 55:8-9 – His thoughts and ways are higher than ours.

30 The wisdom of waiting for one to be given the opportunity to suffer the consequences of ones actions. The wisdom of waiting for one to be given the opportunity to suffer the consequences of ones actions. We reap what we sow (Gal. 6:7). We reap what we sow (Gal. 6:7).

31 The wisdom of patiently teaching. If this guy were enrolled in your English Class, what would you have done?

32 (4) Walk with forbearance of one another in love (4:2c) (4) Walk with forbearance of one another in love (4:2c) This virtue is to be manifested in our manner of receiving the provocations we meet from our brethren: In a loving way. This virtue is to be manifested in our manner of receiving the provocations we meet from our brethren: In a loving way.

33 Father, forgive them for they know not what they do (Luke 23:34).

34 Abraham Lincoln & Edwin M. Stanton: An Anecdote

35 During the start of the Civil War, Stanton called Lincoln the original gorilla (1862). During the start of the Civil War, Stanton called Lincoln the original gorilla (1862). Yet, Lincoln appointed him Secretary of War! Yet, Lincoln appointed him Secretary of War! And as Lincolns Secretary of War, Stanton always worked against the presidents interests and called him a damned fool! And as Lincolns Secretary of War, Stanton always worked against the presidents interests and called him a damned fool! However, when Lincoln was shot, guess who cried a lot? However, when Lincoln was shot, guess who cried a lot?

36 Seeing his presidents body in the coffin, he said: Now he belongs to the ages! Seeing his presidents body in the coffin, he said: Now he belongs to the ages! Stanton organized the response to Lincoln's assassination, the pursuit of assassin John Wilkes Booth, and the prosecution of those who conspired to murder the president! Stanton organized the response to Lincoln's assassination, the pursuit of assassin John Wilkes Booth, and the prosecution of those who conspired to murder the president!

37 Throw it into the waste basket! On one occasion, Secretary Stanton was particularly angry with one of Lincolns generals. I would like to tell that man what I think of him! he stormed. On one occasion, Secretary Stanton was particularly angry with one of Lincolns generals. I would like to tell that man what I think of him! he stormed. Why don't you? Mr. Lincoln said. Write it all down. Do it. Why don't you? Mr. Lincoln said. Write it all down. Do it. Stanton wrote his letter. When it was finished he took it to the President. The President listened to it all. Stanton wrote his letter. When it was finished he took it to the President. The President listened to it all.

38 All right, Stanton, Lincoln nodded. What are you going to do with it? All right, Stanton, Lincoln nodded. What are you going to do with it? Do with it? Why, send it to him, of course! Do with it? Why, send it to him, of course! I wouldn't, said the President. Throw it in the waste-paper basket. I wouldn't, said the President. Throw it in the waste-paper basket. But it took me two days to write it! But it took me two days to write it! Yes, yes, and it did you so much good. You feel better now. That is all that is necessary. Just throw it in the waste basket. Yes, yes, and it did you so much good. You feel better now. That is all that is necessary. Just throw it in the waste basket. So, into the basket Stantons letter went! So, into the basket Stantons letter went!

39 You may try writing your brothers sins on the water…

40 Or you may try writing it on the sands of the desert!

41 (5) Walk endeavoring to keep the unity of the Spirit in the bond of peace. (4:3). (5) Walk endeavoring to keep the unity of the Spirit in the bond of peace. (4:3). Earnestly, zealously give diligence to maintain that unity. Earnestly, zealously give diligence to maintain that unity.

42 What is unity in the Spirit? It is the unity between men of different tempers, which flows from the presence of the Spirit in their lives. It is the unity between men of different tempers, which flows from the presence of the Spirit in their lives.

43 ACHIEVE UNITY THROUGH THE SEVEN ONES (1) There is one body (4:4a). (1) There is one body (4:4a). Since there is but one church on earth, there ought to be unity in the body. Since there is but one church on earth, there ought to be unity in the body.

44 (2) There is one Spirit (4:4b) (2) There is one Spirit (4:4b) One and self-same Spirit dwells in the church. One and self-same Spirit dwells in the church. The same Spirit has awakened all; enlightened all; convicted all; converted all. The same Spirit has awakened all; enlightened all; convicted all; converted all.

45 (3) There is one hope of your calling (4:4c) (3) There is one hope of your calling (4:4c) One hope resulting from your being called into his kingdom, the hope of heavenly salvation (Eph. 2:12). One hope resulting from your being called into his kingdom, the hope of heavenly salvation (Eph. 2:12).

46 (4) There is one Lord (4:5a). (4) There is one Lord (4:5a). There ought to be unity among Christians, because they have one Lord. There ought to be unity among Christians, because they have one Lord. Not one Savior for the Jew, and another for the Greek; Not one Savior for the Jew, and another for the Greek; Not one Savior for the rich, and another for the poor; Not one Savior for the rich, and another for the poor; Not one Savior for the bond, and another for the free. Not one Savior for the bond, and another for the free.

47 When jealousies arise among them… When jealousies arise among them… When they argue about trivial things… When they argue about trivial things… When they magnify unimportant matters until they are in danger of dividing the church… When they magnify unimportant matters until they are in danger of dividing the church… Let them remember … Let them remember …

48 The one Lord who died for all of them!

49 (5) There is one faith (4:5b). (5) There is one faith (4:5b). Christians should be united because they have the same trust in the same Christ as a living principle. Christians should be united because they have the same trust in the same Christ as a living principle.

50 (6) There is one baptism (4:5c) (6) There is one baptism (4:5c) That baptism puts us into the one kingdom (John 3:5). That baptism puts us into the one kingdom (John 3:5). Made us Christians (Gal. 3:27). Made us Christians (Gal. 3:27).

51 (7) There is one God and Father of all, who is above all, and through all, and in you all (4:6). (7) There is one God and Father of all, who is above all, and through all, and in you all (4:6). One God and Father of all, whether everyone recognizes Him as such or not. One God and Father of all, whether everyone recognizes Him as such or not.

52 CONCLUSION Diligently keep, preserve, maintain that unity in Spirit. Diligently keep, preserve, maintain that unity in Spirit. If we cannot agree on a thing, let us work out a way and employ what Ephesians 4:1-6 suggests, before that disagreement gets out of hand and divides us. If we cannot agree on a thing, let us work out a way and employ what Ephesians 4:1-6 suggests, before that disagreement gets out of hand and divides us.

53 Persuade everyone who calls himself a Christian to walk equivalent to how we were called (4:1b). Persuade everyone who calls himself a Christian to walk equivalent to how we were called (4:1b). Try humility and meekness (4:2a). Try humility and meekness (4:2a).

54 Try to be longsuffering to the faults of everyone, including your own (4:2b). Try to be longsuffering to the faults of everyone, including your own (4:2b). Try to be forbearing to one another, in the spirit of love (4:2c). Try to be forbearing to one another, in the spirit of love (4:2c).

55 Never seek to untie that bond of unity by disturbing the peace in the brotherhood… Never seek to untie that bond of unity by disturbing the peace in the brotherhood… By devilish, malevolent thoughts By devilish, malevolent thoughts By impetuous, impulsive, violent spirit By impetuous, impulsive, violent spirit By harsh, severe, unkind words By harsh, severe, unkind words By hasty, reckless, rash actions By hasty, reckless, rash actions

56 And when lives are scattered…

57 And dreams are shattered…

58 Start repairing damaged relationships among the flock.

59 Keep on working while the storms are raging around us.

60 And… With the mediating power of the Christ… With the mediating power of the Christ… And the sanctifying might of the Holy Ghost… And the sanctifying might of the Holy Ghost… And the peace afforded us by the Father… And the peace afforded us by the Father… We all can maintain the unity of the Spirit in the church. We all can maintain the unity of the Spirit in the church.

61 FINISHED God bless you all! God bless you all!


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