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1st Corinthians chapter 12 The human body has many parts, but the many parts make up one whole body. So it is with the body of Christ. 13 Some of us are Jews, some are Gentiles, some are slaves, and some are free. But we have all been baptized into one body by one Spirit, and we all share the same Spirit. 14 Yes, the body has many different parts, not just one part.... 25 This makes for harmony among the members, so that all the members care for each other. 26 If one part suffers, all the parts suffer with it, and if one part is honoured, all the parts are glad. 27 All of you together are Christ’s body, and each of you is a part of it. 28 Here are some of the parts God has appointed for the church: first are apostles, second are prophets, third are teachers, then those who do miracles, those who have the gift of healing, those who can help others, those who have the gift of leadership, those who speak in unknown languages. 29 Are we all apostles? Are we all prophets? Are we all teachers? Do we all have the power to do miracles? 30 Do we all have the gift of healing? Do we all have the ability to speak in unknown languages? Do we all have the ability to interpret unknown languages? Of course not! 31 So you should earnestly desire the most helpful gifts. But now let me show you a way of life that is best of all.
“According to the New Testament, the best measure of the success of a local church is how well it achieves ‘a unity of differents’.” - Scot McKnight How would you score St Albans for our unity on a scale of 1 – 10, where 10 is excellent & 1 is terrible?
What does unity in a church look like? we accept one another as belonging ( having a right to belong) we care for one another we listen to and respect one another we are committed to and support one another we seek the best for one another we affirm the gifts and interests of one another we work together for a common purpose we defend one another against external challenges Blood/Spirit is thicker than water
How would you score St Albans for our unity on a scale of 1 – 10, where 10 is excellent & 1 is terrible?
“Do your best to preserve the unity which the Spirit gives by means of the peace that binds you together.” Ephesians 4 v3 (GNB) “This will continue until we all come to such unity in our faith and knowledge of God’s Son that we will be mature in the Lord, measuring up to the full and complete standard of Christ.” Ephesians 4 v13 (NLT) “Do all that you can to live in peace with everyone.” Romans 12 v18 (NLT)
“Is there any encouragement from belonging to Christ? Any comfort from his love? Any fellowship together in the Spirit? Are your hearts tender and compassionate? 2 Then make me truly happy by agreeing wholeheartedly with each other, loving one another, and working together with one mind and purpose. 3 Don’t be selfish; don’t try to impress others. Be humble, thinking of others as better than yourselves. 4 Don’t look out only for your own interests, but take an interest in others, too. 5 You must have the same attitude that Christ Jesus had.” Philippians 2 v1-5 (NLT) “I am in them and you are in me. May they experience such perfect [complete] unity that the world will know that you sent me and that you love them as much as you love me.” John 17 v23 (NLT)
“The Christian Church is the only organisation in the world that exists entirely for the benefit of its non-members.” - Archbishop William Temple
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