Posted by: everynation | September 10, 2011

Why is Unity Such a Big Deal?

by Steve Murrell

WHILE READING MY BIBLE this morning I got stuck on one verse. Here it is.

Whatever happens, conduct yourselves in a manner worthy of the gospel of Christ. Then, whether I come and see you or only hear about you in my absence, I will know that you stand firm in one spirit, contending as one man for the faith of the gospel (Phil1:27)

Here are my notes:

WHATEVER HAPPENS – Paul is in prison for preaching the gospel – he might die or he might be released – whether our leader is present or not we should live up to the standard…

CONDUCT YOURSELVES IN A MANNER WORTHY OF THE GOSPEL – There is a standard of conduct – not a religious dress code – not a legalistic/cultural moral code – the standard is the gospel

What does “gospel conduct” look like?

1. Unity – STAND FIRM IN ONE SPIRIT – the gospel demands unity – if we are not united we are not conducting ourselves in a manner worthy of the gospel

2.  Purpose – CONTENDING AS ONE MAN FOR THE FAITH OF THE GOSPEL – unity has a purpose – unity is a means to an end – the ultimate reason for unity is the advancement of the gospel

Question: Why does God want us together? Why did God connect me to this church/ministry?  Why is it important that we forgive each other? Why must we fight for unity?

Answer: FOR THE SAKE OF THE GOSPEL

Steve Murrell is the founding pastor of Victory-Philippines; a director of the Real Life Foundation; and the co-founder and president of Every Nation, a worldwide family of churches and ministries.

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