Sermon Outline: Essential Ingredients for Unity

Humility. Philippians 2:2 says, “fulfill my joy by being like-minded, having the same love, being of one ac- cord, of one mind.” It has been said, “pride divides.” Always wanting to solve problems with a “my way” attitude will soon leave one on the journey alienated and alone.

Gentleness. Ephesians 4:15 says, “but, speaking the truth in love, may grow up in all things into Him who is the head—Christ—” As we seek to engage society and the church, may we not walk around with “our dukes up” seeking to conversationally pounce on someone if given the opportunity. Ephesians 5:16 goes on to reminds us we all have a “share” which means a responsibility to seek unity and Christ and not be fragmented from one another.

Patience. Job 1:21 says, “And he said: “Naked I came from my mother’s womb, And naked shall I return there. The Lord gave, and the Lord has taken away; Blessed be the name of the Lord.” We know Job loses his wealth, his family, his health and wrestles with the question, “why?” When seeking conflict resolution with each other, may we have the patience of Job!

Love. First Corinthians 13:7 says, “bears all things, believes all things, hopes all things, endures all things.” A preacher once said, “Some are easier to love than others, but we are to love everyone.” Yes, this can be a challenge, but when we realize the one we are “crossways” with wants to go to Heaven and was baptized for the remission of sins, then bearing, believing, hoping, and enduring becomes much easier!

Tim Lewis
Adapted from Gospel Advocate article
February 2016

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