I have been teaching through the book of Ephesians in youth group. I love that book it is so full of practical wisdom. One of the great things about Ephesians is that it is a book of though small, has a profound impact on theology and general Christian living. Ephesians is full of great practical advice on living and how to be a Christ-follower.
One of the things in Ephesians 4 that I have been thinking about lately is unity in the church. I am not just talking about whatever local church that we are a part of. I am talking about the whole church worldwide. I believe if there is one big area that the church could use strengthening in is unity. With all of the different denominations and bible translations, and different bible colleges and universities, many Christians have aligned themselves with what can be called a sect of Christianity. I think that all of the different sects of Christianity has hindered the church and has hindered non-Christians from getting to know Jesus. The lack of unity between churches has led to many non-Christians not finding church an attractive place to go. If they wanted to go somewhere that people didn’t get along, they could go to a family dinner instead. That’s only part of the problem.
The other problem that I have observed is a lack of unity between churches in the same city. I believe that one of the big reasons that churches in the same city lack unity is because they are competitive with one another. That is crazy to me, because we are all supposed to be on the same team working together to make Jesus’ message known to the unbelievers. I am a big believer in unity and working together with other churches to help reach more people for Christ. Unity is critical; it should be one of the trademarks of the church. One of the things I love about the church that I am apart of, is that they do work together with other churches in our area. It is a beautiful thing.
Unity is what the church should be about, working together as one body for one purpose to draw people to Christ and encourage fellow Christ-followers to a deeper relationship with Jesus. It’s my hope and prayer that the church will unite in truth and love to share the gospel with lost and dying world.
Make every effort to keep yourselves united in the Spirit, binding yourselves together with peace. 4 For there is one body and one Spirit, just as you have been called to one glorious hope for the future. 5 There is one Lord, one faith, one baptism, 6 and one God and Father, who is over all and in all and living through all. Ephesians 4:3-6 (NLT)
Christians must “preserve the unity” between believers that God has established in the church. Paul viewed “peace” as what keeps potential factions together. He had in mind peace between all kinds of diverse groups in the church Dr. Thomas Constable http://soniclight.com/constable/notes/pdf/ephesians.pdf