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Pursuing Unity in a Divided World

Unity Divisiveness Perspective

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Contributed By: Chris Huff | Date Posted: 2024-01-10

Scripture: Ephesians 1:10 ; Ephesians 2:14

Author: Chris Huff
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ILLUSTRATION

I don’t know if you’ve noticed, but there’s a lot of division in the world today. People are divided over religion, and religious practices. People are divided over politics, and political opinions. People are even divided over whether this dress is white and gold or black and blue.

The Dress

Remember that from a few years back? When this picture first showed up on the internet, the internet was divided over what colors this dress was. How many of you see a gold and white dress? How many of you see a blue and black dress? Isn’t that weird?

But in truth, the dress really was black and blue, so there was a right answer. But because of the lighting conditions of the picture, many people perceived the colors differently.

APPLICATION

Now, some of the things we divide over are silly, but some are warranted, because there really is a right and wrong. It’s evil to cry out, “Peace, peace,” when there is no peace. In other words, we shouldn’t pretend everything about today’s culture is okay, celebrating what’s immoral for the sake of peace, when there are real evils in the world.

Jesus said that He did not come to bring peace, but a sword. And sometimes that means our own families will be against us because of our faith in Christ. There’s division.

And yet, because Jesus came, the Bible promises that God tears down the walls of hostility so that we can have peace with one another, not only in eternity, but today, as we rest in Jesus.

"And this is the plan: At the right time he will bring everything together under the authority of Christ—everything in heaven and on earth" (Ephesians 1:10, NLT).

"For he himself is our peace, who has made the two groups one and has destroyed the barrier, the dividing wall of hostility" (Ephesians 2:14, NIV).

Working Together

Unity Spiritual Gifts Influence

Source: Ministry Toolbox, Sept 5, 2001

Contributed By: Barnett Gushin | Date Posted: 2021-10-28

Scripture: Matthew 18:20 ; 1 Corinthians 12:12

Author: Vance Havner/Illustration Exchange
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ILLUSTRATION

Snowflakes are frail, but if enough of them stick together, they can stop traffic.

APPLICATION

Likewise, by God's design, the lone Christian has little impact on the world.  But when two or three are gathered together, that's when Christ's presence is felt (Matthew 18:20).  When the diverse gifts of the individual members of a local church begin operating cooperatively, that's when impactful ministry takes place (1Corinthians 12:12).  

"Just as a body, though one, has many parts, but all its many parts form one body, so it is with Christ. For we were all baptized by one Spirit so as to form one body—whether Jews or Gentiles, slave or free—and we were all given the one Spirit to drink. Even so the body is not made up of one part but of many" (1 Corinthians 12:12-14).

Sharing Trade Secrets Or Sharing The Wealth?

Outreach Evangelism Unity

Source: Denver Post, Nicki Jhabvala, 6/29/17

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Contributed By: Neal Pollard | Date Posted: 2017-08-03

Scripture: Philippians 1:18

Author: Neal Pollard
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ILLUSTRATION

Last month, Von Miller gathered some of the NFL’s elite sack specialists at Stanford University for what he called a “pass rush summit.” The participates were star defensive players from around the league, with several different teams represented. Addressing concerns that each man was sharing his trade secrets, Miller replied that it was more like sharing the wealth. He said, “A sack is a sack. I’m going to get sacks, they’re going to get sacks. You really can’t stop that. You really benefit more from really just sharing that knowledge and just trying to be the best players that you can possibly be."

APPLICATION

God has endowed the Church with the mission of reaching the unreached, showing charity and compassion to the world, and helping to strengthen those already in Christ. We achieve this through various ministries, programs, and outreach efforts. Unlike the NFL, this is not a competition.  We are all on the same team. 

So, why not band together to more effectively reach the world for Christ? If NFL players can do it, why not God's people? 

"But what does it matter? The important thing is that in every way, whether from false motives or true, Christ is preached. And because of this I rejoice. Yes, and I will continue to rejoice" (Philippians 1:18). 

Division Is Never Good

Unity Love (Human) Fellowship

Contributed By: Corey Sawyers | Date Posted: 2017-03-17

Scripture: 1 Corinthians 1:10 ; Matthew 12:25

Author: Corey Sawyers
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Unity In The Church

Unity Divisiveness Discipleship

Contributed By: Illustration Exchange | Date Posted: 2015-12-16

Scripture: 1 Corinthians 1:10

Author: A. W. Tozer / Illustration Exchange
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The Church Is The People

Unity Church/Body of Christ Submission

Contributed By: Illustration Exchange | Date Posted: 2015-11-09

Scripture: 1 Corinthians 3:16

Author: Illustration Exchange
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Turning In The Competition

Unity Pride Communion

Contributed By: Illustration Exchange | Date Posted: 2015-10-04

Scripture: 1 Corinthians 3:3 ; Ephesians 2:8

Author: Illustration Exchange
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The F Word

Forgiveness Unity Humor

Contributed By: Ryan Follis | Date Posted: 2015-04-16

Scripture: Ephesians 4:32

Author: Ryan Follis
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The Big Toe

Spiritual Gifts Church Health/Growth Unity

Contributed By: Chris Horton | Date Posted: 2015-03-08

Scripture: 1 Corinthians 12:21

Author: Ray C. Stedman
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When Will We All Sit Down To Eat

Marriage Supper of the Lamb Unity Peace

Contributed By: Illustration Exchange | Date Posted: 2015-01-12

Scripture: Revelation 19:9

Author: Madeleine L'Engle / Illustration Exchange
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