One Accord // Part 3
Today, we will finish our study of unity called, “One Accord” with a look at what it means to be community. But before we do, let’s recap quickly. Week one we defined unity.
- There must be more than one part to create unity.
- There must be a common goal to create unity.
- The parts must be related to one another to create a greater entity.
- Reflects the lordship of Christ.
- Is a necessary platform for the anointing.
- Releases God’s blessing.
Last Sunday, we studied the Godhead as our example of unity. Since the Trinity is the head of the body, we embrace the unity in the Trinity through love, honor, and submission toward one another. Is it impossible to have unity in the face of doctrinal differences? There are some things in the Scriptures that are unclear to us that don’t affect our salvation. Such as when will the rapture occur – are you pre–trib, mid–trib, or post–trib? What do you say when someone is baptized? Can you drink? What movies can you watch? What music can you listen to?
People who believe the Bible is inspired and inerrant can still have some disagreements about certain aspects of revelation. Here’s what the Bible says about this: “Accept the one whose faith is weak, without quarreling over disputable matters.” (Romans 14:1) What does this say about us and maintain community? We don’t compromise the truth over unity but we don’t destroy the platform for the anointing over these differences. While we are speaking of the anointing, remember what the Bible says in 1 John 2:27:
“As for you, the anointing you received from him remains in you, and you do not need anyone to teach you. But as his anointing teaches you about all things and as that anointing is real, not counterfeit--just as it has taught you, remain in him.”
If the anointing remains among us, then that anointing will teach about all things as people abide in the vine. Everyone shout: “Trust the anointing!”
I who am a prisoner in Our Lord request of you, therefore, that you walk just as it is suitable to the calling in which you are called, In all humility of mind and quietness and patience, and that you would be patient one toward another in love, And to be diligent to keep the harmony of The Spirit in the bonds of peace, And that you would be in one body and One Spirit as when you were called in one hope of your calling. /// Ephesians 4:1-4 (Aramaic Bible in Plain English)
The Bible is more interested in us keeping unity than breaking it over matters that don’t affect our status as children of God. So, we don’t have to agree over when the Lord will return or what we can eat or drink or see that is not addressed in the Bible, but we are to agree to keep the unity of the faith in the Lordship of Jesus. What we cannot compromise on is the truth of God’s Word and the nature of God, the role of God, and the ministry of God. While we love those who don’t believe in the gifts of the Spirit or the baptism of the Spirit, it is hard for us to worship together on an ongoing basis with such differences because those views affect how we view the ministry of God. These differing views don’t affect salvation and we would say that they don’t affect our belief that the Bible is the sole authority for doctrine, but they do affect how we are going to minister to one another and how we view God’s ministry to us.
Until this is resolved by Jesus, can we choose unity without uniformity? Can we love each other and work together while realizing that until these issues are resolved, we are going to live in different houses? Can you still love your family even when you don’t live with them or can’t live with them? Everyone say: “I choose unity in the house and outside of it!”
- Amos 3:3
- Romans 14:1
- 1 John 2:27
- Ephesians 4:1-4 (Aramaic Bible in Plain English)
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