THE BLESSINGS OF UNITY (Part 1 of 5)

A few years back I was asked to speak at a ladies conference that had the theme of unity. I will spend the next several weeks giving you the study that I pursued on unity. I hope it will be a blessing.


Here is the basic outline:
I. The Blessings of Unity.
II. The Basis for Unity.
III. The Benefactors of Unity. (Things that promote unity)
IV. The Breakers of Unity.
V. The Binding of Unity. (Like the binding of a book)


A single word opposite of unity is division. When we think of division in the church, we think of the negative connotation. 1 Corinthians 1:10 says that there should be no divisions among the people of God.


But what about where the Bible says Christ came to bring division?Matthew 10:34-37 and Luke 12:51-53 are two such passages. Jesus is saying that light and darkness have no fellowship. Those people who have entered the kingdom of light through salvation in Jesus Christ and those who are of the kingdom of darkness cannot agree, though they be of the same biological family.


Then there is the passage with a commanded division, the division between believers and unbelievers. 2 Corinthians 6:14 “Be ye not unequally yoked together with unbelievers: for what fellowship hath righteousness with unrighteousness? And what communion hath light with darkness?” Imagine two oxen yoked together that refuse to move in the same direction. That would be a mess! Saved and lost people are moving in different directions. A saved person should not marry a lost person. The purpose of dating or courting is to find a spouse, so a believer shouldn’t date or court a lost person. I have also heard this verse used to say that a believer should not enter into a business agreement with an unbeliever. That is not a bad principle to live by.


Now that we’ve talked about the opposite of unity, division, let us get to the subject of unity.
The first thing I want to look at is


I. The Blessing of Unity.


Dwight L. Moody said, “There are two ways of being united – one is by being frozen together, and the other is by being melted together. What Christians need is to be united in brotherly love, and then they may expect to have power.”


Psalm 133:1-3 There are four things implied.
A. Unity is Pleasant.
B. Unity is Precious.
C. Unity is Peaceful.
D. Unity is Propitious.


Tonto and the Lone Ranger were riding through a canyon together when all of a sudden both sides were filled with Native American warriors on horses, dressed for battle. The Lone Ranger turned to Tonto and asked, “What are we going to do? Tonto replied, “What you mean ‘we,’ Whiteman?”


Unity can change suddenly.


E. Unity is Powerful.


Acts 2:47 shows the power God gave the early church because of their unity, "the Lord added unto the church daily." The Lord worked mightily through the early church because they were in one accord.


When we are in one accord, the Lord can work through us, too.



Please visit next week for part 2,

Blessings,

Lisa

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