UNITY SERIES - MONTH OF JANUARY 2017

Hey lovelies,

Let us pray,

Dear Father,

We thank you for everything we learn daily, we thank you for our lives, the air that we breathe, the peace that we have and so much more. Thank you Father for laying this unity series on my heart to share, thank you for all those reading this and those who took part in sharing what unity means to them, may we not just say what it means but act out what it means too, to be united, together, supporting and building each other up. We realise that unity is a meaty word with various parts to it. But my prayer is that we will all unite more, come together and not divide and continue to encourage each other daily. So help us Father to be doers of your word and together help build this kingdom, break down the dividing walls and come together as one, with the common aim to serve and know you.

In your precious, powerful, mighty name we pray. Hallelouyah

We want to thank you all for sharing what unity means to you, we have learnt a lot and been reminded of many important things, we can also apply to our lives. So thank you.

With that said we would like to leave you with part of the beautiful piece, an article from the founder and teacher John Piper- from desiring God speaking about unity. Below is the link for the whole article. Read and be blessed-

 

What Makes Unity Christian?

Article by

John Piper

Founder & Teacher, desiringGod.org

“Unity among two or more people gets its virtue entirely from something else. Unity itself is neutral until it is given goodness or badness by something else. So if Herod and Pilate are unified by their common scorn for Jesus (Luke 23:12), this is not a good unity. But if Paul and Silas sing together in prison for Christ’s sake (Acts 16:25), this is a good unity.

Therefore, it is never enough to call Christians to have unity. That may be good or bad. The unified vote fifty years ago in my home church in South Carolina to forbid blacks from attending services was not a good unity. The unified vote of a mainline Protestant denomination to bless forbidden sexual acts is not a good unity.

Christian unity in the New Testament gets its goodness from a combination of its source, its views, its affections, and its aims.

Source

Paul tells us to “be eager to maintain the unity of the Spirit in the bond of peace” (Ephesians 4:3). I take that to mean that the Holy Spirit is the great giver of unity. “In one Spirit we were all baptized into one body — Jews or Greeks, slaves or free — and all were made to drink of one Spirit” (1 Corinthians 12:13).

Views

Paul says that pastors and teachers are to equip the saints “until we all attain to the unity of the faith and of the knowledge of the Son of God” (Ephesians 4:13). In other words, the unity we pursue is unity in the truth. Of course, Christian unity is more than shared truth, but not less. Paul piles up the words for common-mindedness in Philippians 2:2, “Complete my joy by being of the same mind, having the same love, being in full accord and of one mind” (see also Philippians 4:2). Everything is to “accord with Christ.” “May God . . . grant you to live in harmony with one another, in accord with Christ Jesus” (Romans 15:5).”
http://www.desiringgod.org/articles/what-is-christian-unity 

 

GOD RICHLY BLESS YOU ALL

WITH LOVE-

EMPOWERED UNITED WOMEN MINISTRY