2What is True Unity? ἑνότης (henotes) Ephesians 4:3, 13 “a state of oneness” (Louw & Nida) “unanimity” (Strong’s)
3What is True Unity? The state or quality of being one, singleness The state or quality of being in accord, harmonyAmerican Heritage Dictionary
4What is True Unity?The combination of arrangements of parts into a whole, unificationSingleness or constancy of purpose or action, continuityAmerican Heritage Dictionary
5What is True Unity? It is NOT: Agreeing to disagree Compromise Toleration of one anotherAlways getting your way
6What is True Unity?Ephesians 4:3 “unity of the Spirit in the bond of peace”Bond - Akin to linking together, as in a chain.
7How Important is Unity?Psalm 133:1-3 “Behold, how good and how pleasant it is For brethren to dwell together in unity!”
8How Important is Unity?Amos 3:3 “Can two walk together unless they are agreed?”
9How Important is Unity?Prov. 6:16-19 “These six things the Lord hates, Yes, seven are an abomination to Him … one who sows discord among brethren.”
10How Important is Unity?Matthew 20:24-28 “…but whoever desires to become great among you, let him be your servant. And whoever desires to be first among you, let him be your slave—…”
11How Important is Unity?John 17:20-21 “…that they all may be one, as You, Father, are in Me, and I in You; that they also may be one in Us, that the world may believe that You sent Me.”
12How Important is Unity?Acts 2:1 “When the Day of Pentecost had fully come, they were all with one accord in one place.”
13How Important is Unity?Acts 2:44-47 “Now all who believed were together, and had all things in common,...”
14How Important is Unity?Acts 4:32, “Now the multitude of those who believed were of one heart and one soul; neither did anyone say that any of the things he possessed was his own, but they had all things in common.”
15How Important is Unity?Romans 12:10, “Be kindly affectionate to one another with brotherly love, in honor giving preference to one another”
16How Important is Unity?Romans 12:16, “Be of the same mind toward one another. Do not set your mind on high things, but associate with the humble. Do not be wise in your own opinion.”
17How Important is Unity?Romans 14:19, “Therefore let us pursue the things which make for peace and the things by which one may edify another.”
18How Important is Unity?Romans 15:5-6, “Now may the God of patience and comfort grant you to be like-minded toward one another, according to Christ Jesus,…
19How Important is Unity?Romans 15:5-6, “…that you may with one mind and one mouth glorify the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ.”
20How Important is Unity?1 Cor. 1:10, “Now I plead with you, brethren, by the name of our Lord Jesus Christ, that you all speak the same thing, and that there be no divisions among you, but that you be perfectly joined together in the same mind and in the same judgment.”
21How Important is Unity?1 Cor. 10:16,17, “The cup of blessing which we bless, is it not the communion of the blood of Christ? The bread which we break, is it not the communion of the body of Christ?...”
22How Important is Unity?1 Cor. 10:16,17, “…For we, though many, are one bread and one body; for we all partake of that one bread.”
23How Important is Unity?1 Cor. 12:12-27, “…that there should be no schism in the body, but that the members should have the same care for one another. …Now you are the body of Christ, and members individually.”
24How Important is Unity?1 Cor. 12:31-13:8a, “But earnestly desire the best gifts. And yet I show you a more excellent way…Love never fails”
25How Important is Unity?1 Cor. 16:20, “Greet one another with a holy kiss”
26How Important is Unity?2 Cor. 13:11, “Finally, brethren, farewell. Become complete. Be of good comfort, be of one mind, live in peace; and the God of love and peace will be with you.”
27How Important is Unity?Galatians 5:13-15, “For you, brethren, have been called to liberty; only do not use liberty as an opportunity for the flesh, but through love serve one another…”
28How Important is Unity?Galatians 5:13-15, “For all the law is fulfilled in one word, even in this: "You shall love your neighbor as yourself." But if you bite and devour one another, beware lest you be consumed by one another!”
29How Important is Unity?Ephesians 2:14-18, “For He Himself is our peace, who has made both one, …so as to create in Himself one new man from the two, thus making peace,…”
30How Important is Unity?Ephesians 2:19-22, “Now, therefore, you are no longer strangers and foreigners, but fellow citizens with the saints and members of the household of God,…
31How Important is Unity?Ephesians 2:19-22, “…having been built on the foundation of the apostles and prophets, Jesus Christ Himself being the chief cornerstone,…
32How Important is Unity?Ephesians 2:19-22, “…in whom the whole building, being fitted together, grows into a holy temple in the Lord, in whom you also are being built together for a dwelling place of God in the Spirit.”
33How Important is Unity?Philippians 1:27, “Only let your conduct be worthy of the gospel of Christ, …I may hear of your affairs, that you stand fast in one spirit, with one mind striving together for the faith of the gospel”
34How Important is Unity?Philippians 2:1-4, “Therefore if there is any consolation in Christ, if any comfort of love, if any fellowship of the Spirit, if any affection and mercy, …
35How Important is Unity?Philippians 2:1-4, “fulfill my joy by being like-minded, having the same love, being of one accord, of one mind…”
36How Important is Unity?Philippians 3:16, “Nevertheless, to the degree that we have already attained, let us walk by the same rule, let us be of the same mind.”
37How Important is Unity?Colossians 2:2, “that their hearts may be encouraged, being knit together in love, and attaining to all riches of the full assurance of understanding, to the knowledge of the mystery of God, both of the Father and of Christ,”
38How Important is Unity?Colossians 3:13-15, “bearing with one another, and forgiving one another, if anyone has a complaint against another; even as Christ forgave you, so you also must do. But above all these things put on love, which is the bond of perfection...
39How Important is Unity?Colossians 3:13-15, “And let the peace of God rule in your hearts, to which also you were called in one body; and be thankful.”
40How Important is Unity?Colossians 3:16, “Let the word of Christ dwell in you richly in all wisdom, teaching and admonishing one another in psalms and hymns and spiritual songs, singing with grace in your hearts to the Lord.”
41How Important is Unity?Hebrews 10:24-25, “And let us consider one another in order to stir up love and good works, not forsaking the assembling of ourselves together, as is the manner of some, but exhorting…”
42How Important is Unity?1 Peter 3:8-9, “Finally, all of you be of one mind, having compassion for one another; love as brothers, be tenderhearted, be courteous;…”
43How Important is Unity?1 Peter 3:8-9, “…not returning evil for evil or reviling for reviling, but on the contrary blessing, knowing that you were called to this, that you may inherit a blessing.”
44How Important is Unity?1 John 3:14, “We know that we have passed from death to life, because we love the brethren. He who does not love his brother abides in death.”
45A Call for UnityEphesians 4:1-16, The Call (1-3) “Endeavoring to keep the unity of the Spirit in the bond of peace.”Proper disposition for each of us; Something we work on!
46A Call for UnityEphesians 4:1-16, Extent of unity (4-6) “There is ONE body and ONE spirit…”Based upon agreement of God’s word – His church, teachings, plans and vision.
47A Call for UnityEphesians 4:1-16, Direction toward unity (11-12) “He Himself gave some to be… for equipping of the saints for the work of ministry…”Leaders promote unity; Plain and whole teaching!
48A Call for UnityEphesians 4:1-16, Maturity of unity (13-15) “till we all come to the unity of the faith…”Maturity that keeps us from being deceived and splintering
49A Call for UnityEphesians 4:1-16, Results of unity (13-15) “from whom the whole body joined and knit together…”Growth of the body, building her up in love. How long is this emphasized? Until perfect!