(1) We live in the age of division (e.g., #’s of denominations, church splits, increased divorce rate, sectarian attitude).
(2) How can be learn to be unified?
I. Why should we be unified?
A. Jesus prayed for unity: “I do not ask in behalf of these alone, but for those also who believe in Me through their word; that they may all be one; even as Thou, Father, art in Me, and I in Thee, that they also may be in Us; that the world may believe that Thou didst send Me” (John 17:20-22).
B. We are commanded to be unified: “Now I exhort you, brethren, by the name of our Lord Jesus Christ, that you all agree, and there be no divisions among you, but you be made complete in the same mind and in the same judgment” (1 Cor. 1:10).
C. Unity is necessary.
1. “Behold, how good and how pleasant it is for brothers to dwell together in unity” (Ps 133:1).
2. “But if you bite and devour one another, take care lest you be consumed by one another” (Gal. 5:15).
II. How can we be unified?
A. We must have a doctrinal foundation: “There is one body and one Spirit, just as also you were called in one hope of your calling; one Lord, one faith, one baptism, one God and Father of all who is over all and through all and in all” (Eph 4:4-6).
B. We must have a correct attitude.
1. “With all humility and gentleness, with patience, showing forbearance to one another in love” (Eph. 4:2).
2. We are to love one another (John 13.34).
a. Love does not seek its own (1 Cor. 13.5).
b. Love sacrifices its rights for others (1 Cor. 8).
3. Abraham is a prime example: “Then Abram said to Lot, "Please let there be no strife between you and me, nor between my herdsmen and your herdsmen, for we are brothers. Is not the whole land before you? Please separate from me: if to the left, then I will go to the right; or if to the right, then I will go to the left” (Gen 13:8-9).
“United we stand, divided we fall!”