One of the key issues Paul deals with in the letter of 1 Corinthians is the need for unity within the body of Christ. Christians cannot be divided if we hope to reach the world with the gospel. Our Lord prayed for unity among believers in John 17, so that the world would know that he was sent by the Father. When the church is divided, not only is it sinful, but it robs us of our effectiveness in reaching the world with the gospel of Christ.
Jesus desire for his church was unity, and the amount of division among those who claim to be Christians is appalling. Our desire should match our Lord’s, but we cannot have unity unless we are united in Christ, in accordance with his world.
As Christians, we are called to be “eager to maintain the unity of the Spirit in the bond of peace.” As we walk as Christians, we must be united with our brethren in the Lord’s church. We cannot let division create a rift in our fellowship. It is imperative that we find unity on these seven foundations (the Seven Ones) of Eph. 4:4-6
9/24/17 p.m. sermon