Monday, April 21, 2008

What is the "unity in the faith"?

Ephesians 4 speaks of the unity of the Spirit in verse 3; unity in (or "of" - ESV) the faith in verse 13. What is "unity in the faith"? What does it look like practically? What doesn't it mean - and why?

I'm going to be preaching on Ephesians 4 in Webster City - May 4 and 11. I'm sure I'll have some other questions about Ephesians 4.

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At 12:42 AM, OpenID shanevanderhart said...

Well to pick up the EFCA's mantra:

In the essentials, unity
In the non-essentials, charity
In all things, Jesus Christ.

It isn't unity at the expense of truth. It doesn't mean peace at any cost. What it does mean is to be charitable with those around you who hold a different biblical position on a minor piece of doctrine or a difference in how scripture is applied.

I also think that Philippians 2:1-11 is a great picture of unity and how it requires humility.

Off the top of my head anyway. I hope that helps.

At 1:34 PM, Blogger Tim said...

We are told that through our spiritual gifts we might be built up until we all reach unity in the faith... - how have we not reached it yet? What does it look like?

Hmmm. I do like the E. Free's mantra quite a bit.

At 9:11 AM, Blogger E. Peevie said...

I've been in plenty of churches that equated unity with unanimity. This is, unfortunately, a devastating lie. I think it's important for all believers, but especially teachers and pastors, to speak candidly about why unity is NOT unanimity, and, as you have begun to do, to examine what true unity really looks like.


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