The New Testament makes several references to the people of God as the “Body” of Christ. (Rom 12:4, 1 Cor. 12:12). The “Body” is populated with many members, all are important; all play a part in the beauty and viability of the Church.
Many times, our efforts toward “Kingdom” building are derailed because we lack unity. However, unity is an essential foundational quality for true worship.
Here are four necessary areas of unity for worshipers:
- We have a common head. “Christ is the Head of the Church.” Union with Christ is indispensable. Christ is also the head of the church, which is his body. He is the beginning, supreme over all who rise from the dead. So he is first in everything. (Col 1:18 NLT)
- We have one faith. All worshipers must concur in the necessity of “repentance toward God and faith in our Lord Jesus Christ.” There is one body and one Spirit, just as you were called to one hope when you were called; one Lord, one faith, one baptism; 6one God and Father of all, who is over all and through all and in all. (Eph 4:4-6)
- We have one purpose. The various members of the body, controlled by a single will, work together for the same end—to build God’s Kingdom on earth. …So in Christ we who are many are one body, and each member belongs to one another. (Rom 12:5)
- We are one Church. As the animal kingdom is one; as different vegetables or minerals fall under the same category; so the Church is one. There is unity in our diversity, and diversity in our unity. The Church has one Foundation with many branches. The Day of Pentecost supplied the mold in which the Church was to be cast. And I say also unto thee, That thou art Peter, and upon this rock I will build my church; and the gates of hell shall not prevail against it. (Matt. 16:18)