One in Faith and Practice
A Family of Faith
1 As a prisoner for the Lord, then, I urge you to live a life worthy of the calling you have received. 2 Be completely humble and gentle; be patient, bearing with one another in love. 3 Make every effort to keep the unity of the Spirit through the bond of peace. 4 There is one body and one Spirit— just as you were called to one hope when you were called— 5 one Lord, one faith, one baptism; 6 one God and Father of all, who is over all and through all and in all. (Ephesians 4:1-6 NIV)
I. Introduction – a song - “one is the loneliest number that you ever heard” No, one is the number of fellowship and unity. It is the number of teamwork and mutual aid.
II. The Body of Believers: We are Called to Practice a Walk of Unity - Keep in Step: We are walking with others - Babies learning to walk-keeping step-watch your stride - the poky little puppy, and roly-poly, pell-mell, tumble-bumble – A potato sack race
A. Walking Worthy of the Call
B. Walking Humble in your Heart
C. Walking Patient with Others
D. Walking United in Spirit
III. The Bond of Believers: We are Called to Participate in a Singular Reality - Keep it Simple: We are joined together, We are united as one
A. The Bond of One Body – The Church
B. The Bond of One Hope – Our Heavenly Calling
C. The Bond of One Lord – Our Savior, Jesus Christ
D. The Bond of One Faith – The truth delivered to the Apostles
E. The Bond of One God – The creator, sustainer and giver of life.