Unity: Being the People of Jesus

"I do not pray for these alone, but also for those who will believe in Me through their word; that they all may be one, as You, Father, are in Me, and I in You; that they also may be one in Us, that the world may believe that You sent Me. And the glory which You gave Me I have given them, that they may be one just as We are one: I in them, and You in Me; that they may be made perfect in one, and that the world may know that You have sent Me, and have loved them as You have loved Me.”
-- John 17:20-23 NKJ 

“Behold, how good and how pleasant it is For brethren to dwell together in unity! It is like the precious oil upon the head, Running down on the beard, The beard of Aaron, Running down on the edge of his garments. It is like the dew of Hermon, Descending upon the mountains of Zion; For there the LORD commanded the blessing-- Life forevermore.”
-- Psalms 133:1-3 NKJ

“Strive earnestly for unity. Pray for it, work for it. It will bring spiritual health, elevation of thought, nobility of character, heavenly-mindedness, enabling you to overcome selfishness and evil surmisings, and to be more than conquerors through Him that loved you and gave Himself for you.”
--Counsels for the Church, page 290

 

"And Worship Him" - Bill Knott

The Seventh Day - It's more than a name - it's a mission. - Denis Fortin

Mission and unity: the challenge for the church today - Pat Gustin 

What do we do with differences - Leslie Pollard

Union with Christ and One Another Our Only Safety - Ellen G. White

That We May Be One & Modern Peter - Jerry and Janet Page

 

Additional Bible Texts for Study & Refection:

Ephesians 4:1-16

2 Chronicles 30:1-27 (N.B. verse 12)

Romans 15:1-9

Colossians 3:1-17

 

Hymns

348: The Church Has One Foundation

350: Blest Be The Tie

401: In Imitation, Lord of Thee

402: By Christ Redeemed

410: Thy Broken Body, Gracious Lord

492: Like Jesus

587: In Christ There is No East nor West

637: Son of God, Eternal Savior

654: Lord Bless Our Homes

 

Responsive Scripture Readings:

732: Jesus’ Prayer For His Disciples 

 

Additional Readings:

“To the early church had been entrusted a constantly enlarging work--that of establishing centers of light and blessing wherever there were honest souls willing to give themselves to the service of Christ. The proclamation of the gospel was to be world-wide in its extent, and the messengers of the cross could not hope to fulfill their important mission unless they should remain united in the bonds of Christian unity, and thus reveal to the world that they were one with Christ in God. Had not their divine Leader prayed to the Father, "Keep through Thine own name those whom Thou hast given Me, that they may be one, as We are"? And had He not declared of His disciples, "The world hath hated them, because they are not of the world"? Had He not pleaded with the Father that they might be "made perfect in one," "that the world may believe that Thou hast sent Me"? John 17:11, 14, 23, 21. Their spiritual life and power was dependent on a close connection with the One by whom they had been commissioned to preach the gospel. 

Only as they were united with Christ could the disciples hope to have the accompanying power of the Holy Spirit and the co-operation of angels of heaven. With the help of these divine agencies they would present before the world a united front and would be victorious in the conflict they were compelled to wage unceasingly against the powers of darkness. As they should continue to labor unitedly, heavenly messengers would go before them, opening the way; hearts would be prepared for the reception of truth, and many would be won to Christ. So long as they remained united, the church would go forth "fair as the moon, clear as the sun, and terrible as an army with banners." Song of Solomon 6:10. Nothing could withstand her onward progress. The church would advance from victory to victory, gloriously fulfilling her divine mission of proclaiming the gospel to the world.” 
--  Acts of the Apostles, pages 90,91

 “It is necessary that our unity today be of a character that will bear the test of trial. . . . We have many lessons to learn, and many, many to unlearn. God and Heaven alone are infallible. Those who think that they will never have to give up a cherished view, never have occasion to change an opinion, will be disappointed. As long as we hold to our own ideas and opinions with determined persistency, we cannot have the unity for which Christ prayed.”
-- Christian Experience and Teachings of Ellen White, page 203

Acts of the Apostles, Chapter 2 - Ellen White