Strength in Unified Numbers

by Lee Buford on October 19, 2010

Unity is a topic of much discussion these days, and rightfully so. We hear about it’s importance relative to success in everything from football teams and corporations, to political parties and churches. And, without a doubt, there is much validity in the pursuit of any group of people aligned around like-minded goals and purposes.

Nowhere, however, is this pursuit any more important or relevant than in our churches. Many of the reasons for which we seek a unified front and purpose in the secular areas of our lives also apply to those in our Christian walks, but with a more direct implication. God’s Word is insistent upon it.

While the encouraging, urging, and commanding of unity are found throughout the Bible, the following text from Philippians really drives home the point to me:

27 Only let your manner of life be worthy of the gospel of Christ, so that whether I come and see you or am absent, I may hear of you that you are standing firm in one spirit, with one mind striving side by side for the faith of the gospel, 28 and not frightened in anything by your opponents. This is a clear sign to them of their destruction, but of your salvation, and that from God.

A few key points on unity that jump off the page to me: standing firm, one spirit, one mind, striving side by side

Why? For the faith of the gospel…so that we may be strong, assured, encouraged, strengthened, and unafraid of what lies ahead.

We are thus unified in our confidence in God’s promises, in His Word. Iron sharpens iron (Proverbs 27:17) and you and I strengthen, love, and encourage one another. We are committed to one another and committed to God.

There truly is strength in numbers…provided the numbers are comprised of unified believers seeking to obediently follow Jesus.

Are you ALL IN? Are there some things you can do to foster and encourage biblical unity in your church?

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