The Amazing Bond of Peace that Unifies. (Part 2)

The Amazing Bond of Peace that Unifies. (Part 2)

May 12, 2024

HANDOUT FOR SERMON: Part 2:  THE AMAZING BOND OF PEACE THAT UNIFIESMay 12TH, 2024, Manchester, TN.

REVIEW FROM PART 1: Jesus calls us individually because He wants to build a relationship with each of us. He then leads and places us in a “collective” with other such individuals. To illustrate this, we have the following Biblical descriptions of “collective” groups: Citizen is a part of the Kingdom, a sheep is a part of the flock, a priest is part of a priesthood, a member is part of a body, a child is part of a family, and a Christian is part of His Church. Unfortunately, there is “problem” and the common problem is “the people or the individual.”

People have different backgrounds, experiences, and characteristics. We don’t think or reason the same. We do not all see or understand the beauty and perfection of scripture all at the same time. People are biased and usually don’t admit it. People make mistakes.

1.HOW DO WE TOLERATE ONE ANOTHER?  Ephesians 3:21-4:3 Christ through the Holy Spirit is telling us Christ’s Church is recognizable by the way it has unity of the Holy Spirit in a peaceful bond that binds us together.  In order to have such, we must learn to “tolerate” one another. EVERYONE MUST DO THIS!   How do we do this? We all must be humble, patient, gentle, seek what is best for the other person and not oneself. The objective here is UNITY not victory! We tolerate because we love. Our mission is to stand  united in truth for the truth in love with peace.

2.HOW TOLERANCE WORKS?   How can we stand united and stay united?  Let us first notice the attitude of a person who will not pursue the “bond of peace” which the Holy Spirit can lead us in. First consider how “tolerance” often works among God’s people.

A misguided and wrong way in which many tolerate other believers. We are limited in what and how we tolerate one another. Examples: When the issue is not a big deal to me. When no sacrifice is required by me. When I get to secretly remain upset. When friends agree that I am right.

All of these are worldly thoughts. In fact, in truth, you can see all of these are all about ME! We all struggle and do not understand all scripture. This is worlds way to think about tolerance!

3.HOW TO GROW PAST THIS KIND OF WORLDLY THINKING?

  • Consider how I hope and expect God to deal with me. We all do not see the same scripture the same way. Ephesians 4:31-32 shows us the kind of patience we should have. Matthew 6:11-12 Best we remember how God will look at me.
  • Consider how others have treated me. How much will I put up with? We often focus on how others have treated us! Do you know anyone who is convinced they are a Christian? Have you ever had some say to you: “you are not New Testament Christian!” Or say: “You are not saved!” (Illustrate with a story about someone else who is a believer who challenged me!)

 

PART 2 OF THE LESSON ON THE BOND OF PEACE THAT UNIFIES.

4.HOW CAN WE MANGE TO STAY UNITED WITH THE BOND OF PEACE? Ephesians 4:4-7

We are told there must be a unity of the spirit in the bond of peace. These first century Christians needed to share in these seven foundational things for the Spirit to keep them united no matter what happened!

  • One Body. Ephesians 1:22-23
  • One Spirit, Ephesians 1:13, 2:18, 3:16, 4:30
  • One Hope, Ephesians 1;18-19
  • One Lord, Ephesians 1:21-22
  • One Faith, Ephesians 1:15, 2:8, 4:13
  • One Baptism, “made alive in Christ” Colossians 2:12, Ephesians 2:1-6, Romans 6:.4
  • One Father, Ephesians 1:17-20

We are to be a special kind of people. Individually purchased and saved by Jesus and added to a “collective” in which the Holy Spirit in the bond of peace keeps us together! We share in all things.

5.WE MUST BE OPEN TO THE PATH GOD HAS GIVEN US, ROMANS 14-15     In the family of God, the Church, it will happen we will have a difference of conviction and a difference of understanding. What God lays down is the foundational principles of seven vital truths that unites us, Ephesians 4:1-7. But we will still have different views, conscience, ideas and convictions! God gives additional instruction to curb our reaction and treatment towards brethren we may differ with.  We are mistaken and maybe even foolish if we think we can MAKE YOU SEE something MY WAY! Unfortunately, if I behave this way, those people will say “I am done and leave!” We are foolish if we think this is God’s will and God’s way! Read: Romans 14:1-23 Please try to consider yourself and your own ideas of faith as you read this message given to us by the Holy Spirit!

  1. We pursue things for peace.
  2. We bear the burdens of the weak.
  3. We accept one another as God has accepted me!

Memorize this verse: Romans 4:19-20 Therefore let us pursue the things which make for peace and things by which one may edify another.” Do not destroy the work of God ….!”

James 4:11-12 Do not speak evil of one another brethren, He who speaks evil of a brother and judges his brother, speaks evil of the law and judges the law. But if you judge the law, you are not a doer of the law but a judge.