OUR HOPE - GOD IS HEALING OUR DIVIDED WORLD
Key thought-God is bringing healing to a divided world through a united group of people we call The Church.
7 Links of Christian Unity
United through THE RESURRECTION.
Since, then, you have been raised with Christ, set your hearts on things above, where Christ is, seated at the right hand of God. Set your minds on things above, not on earthly things. --Colossians 3:1-2 NIV
2. United by BAPTISM.
For you died, and your life is now hidden with Christ in God. - Colossians 3:3 NIV
3. United by our FUTURE.
When Christ, who is your life, appears, then you also will appear with him in glory. - Colossians 3:4 NIV
4. United by our HOLY CONDUCT.
Put to death, therefore, whatever belongs to your earthly nature: sexual immorality, impurity, lust, evil desires and greed, which is idolatry. Because of these, the wrath of God is coming. You used to walk in these ways, in the life you once lived. But now you must also rid yourselves of all such things as these: anger, rage, malice, slander, and filthy language from our lips. Do not lie to each other, since you have taken off your old self with its practices and have put on the new self, which is being renewed in knowledge in the image of its Creator. - Colossians 3:5-10 NIV
5. United RACIALLY IN CHRIST.
Here there is no Gentile or Jew, circumcised or uncircumcised, barbarian, Scythian, slave or free, but Christ is all, and is in all. - Colossians 3:11 NIV
6. United in LOVE for each other.
Therefore, as God’s chosen people, holy and dearly loved, clothe yourselves with compassion, kindness, humility, gentleness and patience. Bear with each other and forgive one another if any of you has a grievance against someone. Forgive as the Lord forgave you. And over all these virtues put on love, which binds them all together in perfect unity. - Colossians 3:12-14 NIV
7. United as ONE BODY.
Let the peace of Christ rule in your hearts, since as members of one body you were called to peace. And be thankful. Let the message of Christ dwell among you richly as you teach and admonish one another with all wisdom through psalms, hymns, and songs from the Spirit, singing to God with gratitude in your hearts. And whatever you do, whether in word or deed, do it all in the name of the Lord Jesus, giving thanks to God the Father through him. - Colossians 3:15-17 NIV