The following articles are related to the topic of UNITY

A Divine Platform for Christian Unity

The church of Jesus Christ in the city of Ephesus is first mentioned in the latter portion of Acts 18, when certain "brethren" wrote a letter commending the eloquent Apollos (v. 27). Paul visited that great metropolis during his third missionary campaign, probably in the spring of A.D. 54/55, and built upon that foundation (Acts 19:1-7). In this community, he ... read more »

Unity — Its Aesthetic and Practical Value

There is, perhaps, no greater exhortation to unity, anywhere in the Bible, that surpasses that of Psalm 133. "Behold, how good and how pleasant it is for brothers to dwell together in unity. It is like the precious oil upon the head, that ran down upon the beard, even Aaron's beard; that came down upon the collar of his garments; ... read more »

Ephesians 4:13 – The Unity of the Faith

In Ephesians 4:11, Paul lists certain miraculously endowed offices in the early church - apostles, prophets, evangelists, and teaching pastors. These works were in the nature of supernatural "gifts" (v. 8). The apostle declares that these gifts were for the maturing of the saints in their work of ministering, i.e., equipping them for service (Arndt & Gingrich, Greek Lexicon, p. ... read more »

The Mandate for Christian Unity – A Study of Ephesians 4:1-6

While many in today's world are engaged in celebrating "diversity," the Bible places an extraordinary emphasis on the value of "unity." The Persons of the Godhead are a grand tri-unity of absolute perfection (cf. Deuteronomy 6:4; John 10:30). The majestic universe, though bearing the abrasions of divine judgment (Romans 8:20), nonetheless exhibits the glory of God in a harmony of ... read more »

Should a Christian Join the Gideons?

Is it permissible for Christians to belong to the Gideons' society? Since the Gideons' organization is unknown to the Scriptures, I cannot supply you with an answer that is based upon explicit Bible testimony. I can, however, cite some principles which should be helpful in reaching a decision on this matter. Who Are the Gideons? The Gideons International association is ... read more »

Acts 17:26 – The Family of Man

When Paul proclaimed the gospel of Christ in Athens, Greece, he set forth a number of profound truths regarding the Creator (the God not known by the Greeks - Acts 17:23). One of these truths is the fact that the human family shares a common origin. The apostle declared: "he [God] made of one every nation of men to dwell ... read more »

Psalm 139:14 – Wonderfully Made

Is the human body the result of divine design or is it merely the consequence of a series of "happy accidents" in the evolutionary process? Without hesitation, the child of God affirms the former, and this is the position of scripture. In Psalm 139, David declares that he was "fearfully and wonderfully made." He asserts that his body was "curiously ... read more »

Resolving Church Conflicts

The Lord's plan for his church is flawless. As individual members of his body, however, we are in the process of growth; we have not reached a state of perfection. There is no such thing as a flawless family or perfect work environment.Nor is there a perfect congregation. Problems will arise within a church for a number of reasons. For ... read more »

Denominationalism – Permissible or Reprehensible?

Denominationalism The word "denominate" means "to give a name to, to designate."It is a perfectly respectable term.If one cashes a two hundred dollar bank draft, he may request currency in "denominations" of tens and twenties.In this sense the word merely signifies a separation into various divisions by name.And so the term itself is not "tainted." "Denomination" takes on a less-than-ideal ... read more »

The Roman Catholic – Lutheran Peace Treaty

The formal beginning of the Protestant Reformation, as generally fixed by historians, was October 31, 1517. On that day, Martin Luther went to the Cathedral in Wittenberg, Germany and nailed a parchment to the door containing ninety-five "theses" (actually, indictments), objecting to various elements of Roman Catholic doctrine. Most of these were directed against the Roman dogma relating to the ... read more »