Keeping the Unity of the Spirit through the Bond of Peace

1.  Our unity is based on the character of God

A.  We have unity in the Spirit.

Eph. 4:4; Rom. 12:5; 1 Cor. 12:27; 1 Cor. 3:16-17; Eph. 2:21-22, 1:4; Rom. 8:29; 1 John 3:2

B.  We have unity in the Son.

Eph. 4:5; Acts 4:12; Rom. 10:12; Phil. 2:10-11; Jude 1:3; 2 Tim. 3:16-17

C.  We have unity in the Father.

Eph. 4:6

2.  Our unity is a reflection of the unity within the Godhead.  John 17:20-21, 23

A.  There is a the approach to unity that stresses uniformity.

B.  There is the approach to unity that stresses ecumenism.

C.  Christian unity stresses unity in the midst of diversity.

1)  We must keep the main thing the main thing.

2)  We must make every effort to keep the unity of the Spirit through the bond of peace. 

Eph. 4:1-3; Matt. 11:29; Matt. 5:5; Matt. 26:53; 1 Pet. 4:8; Prov. 1:12; Matt. 5:43-44; 2 Tim. 2:15


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