It was he who gave some to be prophets, some to be evangelists, and some to be pastors and teachers, to prepare God’s people for works of service, so that the body of Christ may be built up until we all reach unity in the faith and in the knowledge of the Son of God (Eph. 4:12-13).
There’s that “Unity” word again.
Seems to be important to the Lord of the Universe, so I guess we’d better pay attention.
Now, everybody has widely differing ideas about what unity is and what we should be unified on, which can lead to a breakdown in relationships and division in the Church.
That was a joke…but only kinda.
There’s an oft-quoted approach to the idea of unity, that I think covers it pretty well:
In essentials, unity.
In non essentials, liberty.
In all things, charity.
Unity in the faith…that seems essential.
Unity in knowing Jesus as the Son of God and the source of our salvation…yep…essential.
Unity in the structure of a small group…not so much an essential.
Unity in worship music style…nope.
Unity in Sunday Morning Dress Code…huh uh.
Unity in the brand of Communion cracker and relative levels of gluten…
I’ll get back to you on that.
There’s a big picture, Beloved.
Keep you eyes on it.