Questions to Consider •Where do you see disunity in the world? •What are the consequences of disunity? •What is your role as a peace-maker? •How does Jesus bring peace and reconciliation to a hostile world?
Plan of Action •What is a sacrifice you need to make for the sake of unity? What are you holding on to out of pride that is hindering unity in your marriage, church, or work? •Participate in the Lord’s Supper this weekend with other brothers and sisters in Christ to find unity with them in Christ’s sacrifice.
Where there are many visions there is division. We see it in the politics of America. There are different views about the future of America and how the government should be run. What we are left with is polarization and disunity on many important matters of policy.
We see this same type of disunity within the church. There is competition between denominations. There is competition within denominations. There is also competition within many local churches. Different visions lead to division.
But God does not have multiple visions. He has one vision. His vision is about saving lost sinners. We strive together to seek the implications of this vision in our local context. Maintaining unity is difficult, but here are some important convictions to maintain if we are to stay unified:
Honor those in authority
Obey your leaders and submit to them, for they are keeping watch over your souls, as those who will have to give an account. Let them do this with joy and not with groaning, for that would be of no advantage to you. Hebrews 13:17 (ESV)