Briefly explain why personal evangelism is very effective.
Share what you did in the week to witness about Christ.
Main Text: Ephesians 4:1-6.
Memory Verse: Make every effort to keep the unity of the Spirit through the bond of peace. – Ephesians 4:3.
The Church at Ephesus was composed of Jewish and Gentile converts. Due to their different backgrounds, there was a tendency for frequent disagreements. One possible area of dissent was how the Gentiles had been admitted to the faith without bearing the yoke of circumcision in the Mosaic Law. Paul in this passage provides direction for the unity of people from various backgrounds in the church. Ephesians 4:16, captures the power of unity in the universal church notwithstanding our diversity, “He makes the whole body fit together perfectly. As each part does its own special work, it helps the other parts grow, so that the whole body is healthy and growing and full of love” (Eph 4:16 – New living translation). Today, we shall examine the basis for unity in the body of Christ.
Questions for Discussion
What is the basis for Christian Unity? Verse 4.
Why do some Christians look down on people in other denominations?
How should we relate with Christians in other denominations?
In what ways does unity in the body of Christ enhance the Great Commission?
Unity in the body of Christ is very important. This is because we belong to various ethnic groups, educational backgrounds, and political persuasions. However, we are united by one Body, one Spirit, and one Hope. One Body implies there is one Universal Church with people belonging to different denominations, race, and ethnicity but united by their faith and continuous confession of the lordship of Christ. One Spirit refers to the Holy Spirit indwelling all true believers causing them to do the will of the Father. The meaning connoted by One Hope is that all Christians are looking forward to everlasting life (1 Pet. 1:3-4). Thus, all true believers in the Universal Church are joint-heirs with Christ (Rom. 8:17). Christians are united by the same body, the same spirit, and one hope though we may belong to different denominations.
Sometimes, people look down on other denominations out of ignorance of the unity of the body of Christ, perceived departure from the right Christian doctrine, quest for dominance and superiority, historical rifts, etc. However, the Great Commission is bigger than any one denomination. Thus, we must pray that all churches will pursue the right doctrine such that our coming together will speed up the progress of the kingdom business.