The Power of Diversity Within Unity!
I. There is diversity in unity within the Body of Christ (1 Cor. 12:12-13).
What is unity? Not ___________________! Mutual respect, interdependence.
We all have blind spots. But diff “body parts” can help one another see their own blind spots.
II. Deal with prejudice as a s______(Rom. 15:7; James 2:1).
A. We all need to c_________________ our sin of prejudice (James 5:16).
B. We all need to f______________ those who sin against us (Eph. 4:32).
C. Accept one another as God accepts us in Christ (Rom. 15:7).
"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." (Eph. 4:1-6)
III. The _______________________________ of unity (Ephesians 4:3)
IV. The________________________________ for unity (Ephesians 4:1-2).
V. One ________________________________ of unity.
"23 I in them and you in me. May they be brought to complete unity to let the world know that you sent me and have loved them even as you have loved me." (Jn. 17:23)