For the last 2 weeks we have studied about Unity.

Today it's about the III. The Benefactors of Unity (Things that promote unity)

I Peter 3:8 says "Finally, be ye all of one mind, having compassion one of another, love as brethren, be pitiful, be courteous:"
There is a list of benefactors of unity in this verse.
A. Compassion
B. Love
C. Pity
D. Courtesy

Another promoter of unity is obedience.
E. Obedience
     1. In the Home
         a. Wife to husband- Ephesians 5:22Colossians 3:18I Peter 3:1
         b. Child to parent- Ephesians 6:1Colossians 3:20Exodus 20:12Deuteronomy 5:16
     2. In the Church
         a. Believer to GodJames 4:7-8
         b. Believer to BelieverI Peter 5:5
         c. Believer to PastorHebrews 13:17Jeremiah 6:16-17
The Bible says our pastor is a watchman for our souls, why would I want to rebel against someone who watches for my soul? But sadly, many do. Pastor and Bishop are synonymous in the New Testament. The definition of bishop is "an overseer, a man charged with the duty of seeing that things being done by others are done rightly, any curator, guardian or superintendent; the superintendent, head or overseer of any Christian church." I Peter 5:2 says, "Feed the flock of god which is among you, taking the oversight thereof, not by constraint, but willingly; not for filthy lucre, but of a ready mind"

F. Deacons
Did you know that the purpose of the first deacons and the purpose of biblical deacons today is the promote unity? Read Acts 6:1-7.
There was murmuring because some of the Grecian widows were being neglected. So the apostles told the people to choose seven men full of the Holy Ghost that the apostles could appoint to distribute food to the widows. The word deacon as defined by Strong's Concordance is (1) One who executes the commands of another, especially of a master (2) a servant, attendant, minister, one who, by virtue of the office assigned to him by the church, cares for the poor and distributes the money collected for their use, a waiter, one who serves food and drink.
My, my! Roles in the church have totally flip flopped in our day. Now, who is right tradition or the Bible?
So deacons should be a benefactor or a promoter unity. Incidentally, there are qualifications for deacons as well as pastors and for their wives in I Timothy 3, but that is another study.

We can promote unity by living the principles of these Benefactors of Unity.

Please visit next week for part 4,




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