Differences within our unity in Christ
by, Sep 26th 2009 at 03:25 PM (646 Views)
Again, there has been a sense of discord on the board. It has been laying heavy on my heart. The Spirit has encouraged me to share this with you, my family in Christ.
In this 'first importance' we stand together. It is by this gospel we believe, are saved, are empowered by the Holy Spirit and commanded by our Savior Jesus Christ to have unity of faith. But there may be differences in doctrine, opinions and interpretation within the foundation of this unity.Now, brothers, I want to remind you of the gospel I preached to you, which you received and on which you have taken your stand. By this gospel you are saved, if you hold firmly to the word I preached to you. Otherwise, you have believed in vain.
For what I received I passed on to you as of first importance: that Christ died for our sins according to the Scriptures, that he was buried, that he was raised on the third day according to the Scriptures, 1 Corinthians 15:1-4
Dear brothers and sisters in Christ, within this unity in Spirit, with God's mercy and grace, there is room for our differences. This message board is all about the sharing of these different opinions and doctrines. As long as we discuss them peacefully, with the Spirit, in our love for Christ and one another. God's grace and love has room for these differences as long we stand on the same foundation. Remembering than none is greater or more correct than the other.As a prisoner for the Lord, then, I urge you to live a life worthy of the calling you have received. Be completely humble and gentle; be patient, bearing with one another in love. Make every effort to keep the unity of the Spirit through the bond of peace. Ephesians 4:1-3
Remembering always, in all ways and in all things:for all have sinned and fall short of the glory of God, Romans 3:23
For it is by grace you have been saved, through faith—and this not from yourselves, it is the gift of God— not by works, so that no one can boast. Ephesians 2:8-9
We love because he first loved us. 1 John 4:19
so that Christ may dwell in your hearts through faith. And I pray that you, being rooted and established in love, may have power, together with all the saints, to grasp how wide and long and high and deep is the love of Christ, and to know this love that surpasses knowledge—that you may be filled to the measure of all the fullness of God. Ephesians 3:17-19