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Title: I. Unity


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I. Unity An Important Characteristic Of The
Church
  • 1. Jesus prayed for it
  • Jn. 1720-22
  • Neither pray I for these alone, but for them
    also which shall believe on me through their
    word

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Jn. 1720-22
  • 21 That they all may be one as thou, Father,
    art in me, and I in thee, that they also may be
    one in us that the world may believe that thou
    hast sent me.22 And the glory which thou
    gavest me I have given them that they may be
    one, even as we are one

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I. Unity An Important Characteristic Of The
Church
  • 2. The Apostles Pleaded for it
  • 1 Cor. 110
  • Now I beseech you, brethren, by the name of our
    Lord Jesus Christ, that ye all speak the same
    thing, and that there be no divisions among you
    but that ye be perfectly joined together in the
    same mind and in the same judgment

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I. Unity An Important Characteristic Of The
Church
  • 3. The early church practiced it
  • Acts 432
  • And the multitude of them that believed were of
    one heart and of one soul

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I. Unity An Important Characteristic Of The
Church
  • 4. The unity of the church was not
  • A union of conflicting forces
  • A federation of denominations (There were no
    denominations then)

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I. Unity An Important Characteristic Of The
Church
  • 4. The unity of the church was not
  • An alliance of religions

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I. Unity An Important Characteristic Of The
Church
  • 5. The unity of the N.T. church was Jews
    Gentiles - bond free - males female becoming
    one in Christ!
  • Gal. 328

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Gal. 328
  • There is neither Jew nor Greek, there is neither
    bond nor free, there is neither male nor female
    for ye are all one in Christ Jesus.

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II. They Were All One In Christ
  • 1. They believed the same gospel
  • 1 Corinth 15 1-4
  • Mk. 1615
  • Gal. 16-9

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1 Corinth 15 1-4
  • 1 Co 151 Moreover, brethren, I declare unto you
    the gospel which I preached unto you, which also
    ye have received, and wherein ye stand
  • 1Co 152 By which also ye are saved, if ye keep
    in memory what I preached unto you, unless ye
    have believed in vain.
  • 1Co 153 For I delivered unto you first of all
    that which I also received, how that Christ died
    for our sins according to the scriptures
  • 1Co 154 And that he was buried, and that he
    rose again the third day according to the
    scriptures

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Mk. 1615
  • And he said unto them, Go ye into all the world,
    and preach the gospel to every creature.

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Gal. 16-9
  • I marvel that ye are so soon removed from him
    that called you into the grace of Christ unto
    another gospel7 Which is not another but
    there be some that trouble you, and would pervert
    the gospel of Christ.

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Gal. 16-9
  • 8 But though we, or an angel from heaven,
    preach any other gospel unto you than that which
    we have preached unto you, let him be
    accursed.9 As we said before, so say I now
    again, If any man preach any other gospel unto
    you than that ye have received, let him be
    accursed.

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II. They Were All One In Christ
  • 2. They had obeyed the same gospel
  • Acts 238, 41

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Acts 238
  • Then Peter said unto them, Repent, and be
    baptized every one of you in the name of Jesus
    Christ for the remission of sins, and ye shall
    receive the gift of the Holy Ghost.

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Acts 241
  • Then they that gladly received his word were
    baptized and the same day there were added unto
    them about three thousand souls.

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II. They Were All One In Christ
  • 3. They were added to the same church
  • Acts 247

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Acts 247
  • Praising God, and having favour with all the
    people. And the Lord added to the church daily
    such as should be saved.

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II. They Were All One In Christ
  • 4. They kept the same law
  • Mt. 2820
  • Teaching them to observe all things whatsoever I
    have commanded you and, lo, I am with you alway,
    even unto the end of the world. Amen.

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II. They Were All One In Christ
  • 5. They continued in the same doctrine
  • Acts 242
  • 2 Jn. 9

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Acts 242
  • And they continued stedfastly in the apostles'
    doctrine and fellowship, and in breaking of
    bread, and in prayers.

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2 Jn. 9
  • Whosoever transgresseth, and abideth not in the
    doctrine of Christ, hath not God. He that abideth
    in the doctrine of Christ, he hath both the
    Father and the Son.

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II. They Were All One In Christ
  • 6. They wore the same name
  • Acts 1126
  • 1 Pet. 416

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Acts 1126
  • And when he had found him, he brought him unto
    Antioch. And it came to pass, that a whole year
    they assembled themselves with the church, and
    taught much people. And the disciples were called
    Christians first in Antioch.

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1 Pet. 416
  • Yet if any man suffer as a Christian, let him not
    be ashamed but let him glorify God on this
    behalf.

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II. They Were All One In Christ
  • 7. They heeded 1 Cor. 110
  • Spoke same thing
  • No divisions
  • Perfectly joined together
  • Same mind
  • Same judgment

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II. They Were All One In Christ
  • 7. They heeded 1 Cor. 110
  • Brethren can be united if they desire to be and
    if the Lords will is allowed to control their
    lives
  • We can be united if we let his will reign supreme
    in our lives

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II. They Were All One In Christ
  • 8. They had the same love one for another
  • Phil. 22
  • Fulfil ye my joy, that ye be likeminded, having
    the same love, being of one accord, of one mind

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I Corinthians 110-17
  • According to verse 10, what is the formula for
    Christian unity?
  • This section is called divisions in the church.
    What was dividing the church? (cf ch 31-4)
  • What could be wrong with saying I follow
    Christ?
  • Was Paul slighting baptism? (vs 14)
  • What is often the cause of divisions in the
    church? (cf. 31-4)

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I Corinthians 118-25
  • The Corinthians undue esteem of human wisdom
    was largely responsible for the factionalism in
    their midst.
  • It was therefore necessary for Paul to put the
    wisdom of the world into the true perspective
    that can be gained only when it is compared with
    the wisdom of God revealed in the cross of
    Christ.
  • Because their regard for human wisdom was so much
    a part of their Greek heritage and tradition, he
    develops at length the contrast between the two
    types of wisdom.

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I Corinthians 118-25
  • Romans 1133 Oh, the depth of the riches of
    the wisdom and knowledge of God! How unsearchable
    his judgments, and his paths beyond tracing out!
  • 2 Ti 315 from infancy you have known the Holy
    Scriptures which are able to make you wise for
    salvation through faith in Christ Jesus.
  • Why cant created man match Gods wisdom?
  • How does the contest between human wisdom
    (philosophy) and divine wisdom (Scripture) affect
    many church bodies?

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I Corinthians 118-25
  • Job 2828 - And he said to man, The fear of the
    Lordthat is wisdom, and to shun evil is
    understanding.
  • Romans 1133 Oh, the depth of the riches of
    the wisdom and knowledge of God! How unsearchable
    his judgments, and his paths beyond tracing out!
  • 2 Ti 315 from infancy you have known the Holy
    Scriptures which are able to make you wise for
    salvation through faith in Christ Jesus.

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Studying the Scriptures
  • Why cant created man match Gods wisdom?
  • What are the blessings of divine wisdom?
  • With what attitude should we approach Gods
    wisdom?
  • How is the conflict between human wisdom
    (philosophy) and divine wisdom (revelation)
    affecting many churches today?

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I Corinthians 126-31
  • 2. 2 Samuel 78 Now then, tell my servant
    David, This is what the Lord Almighty says I
    took you from the pasture and from following the
    flock to be ruler over my people Israel.
  • What does each passage teach us about honor
    and/or greatness in Gods kingdom?
  • How does God nullify the wisdom, power, and
    prestige of the worlds leading people today?

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I Corinthians 126-31
  • 3. Isaiah 662 Has not my hand made all these
    things, and so they came into being? declares
    the Lord. This is the one I esteem he who is
    humble and contrite in spirit, and trembles at my
    word.
  • What does each passage teach us about honor
    and/or greatness in Gods kingdom?
  • How does God nullify the wisdom, power, and
    prestige of the worlds leading people today?

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Unity An Important Characteristic Of The Church
  • What is the Opposites of Unity?

Disorganize
Warfare
Antagonism
Difference
controversy
contention
CONFUSION
Variance
Battle
Separation
Contest
disproportion
conflict
incongruity
Opposition
disagreement
dissension
hostility
disunion
discord
inconsistency
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