Unity in the Body of Christ (12 Jul 2020)

Singapore has just completed her general election two days ago. Over the last three weeks, we again heard the cries of each political party, airing their views and their plans. Against this backdrop, as in all previous elections, all parties and Singaporeans are mindful of the unity in our love for our country and desired goodwill for our homeland. Whoever wins or lose, the goal is to build our homeland and not to tear it down. Likewise, UNITY in action is so crucial not only in a nation, but also within a family; a church congregation.

Pastor John MacArthur’s in his booklet on “Unity in Action” cited that Christians are aware of the power of sin to devastate a church body. That sin can cripple the church’s function, destroy its harmony, sap its strength and negate its testimony.

We are all diverse in many ways and this is good as there are benefits in diversity and being open to each others views etc is important and helpful. On the other hand, diversity brings with it challenges and potential conflicts.

In Romans 14:1 – 15:13, we read Paul’s account of such a situation. And therein he exalted us to pursue peace and harmony, : “May the God of endurance and encouragement grant you to live in such harmony with one another, in accord with Christ Jesus, that together you may with one voice glorify the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ”. In the midst of diversity, we do well to remember we are united in the bond of love in Christ and the common resident of the Holy Spirit in our hearts.

The same Holy Spirit will be our common guide and teacher as we work in our ministries with each other who make up varied areas of diversity, bonded as one in the Spirit and Lord amidst the challenges and difficulties of ministry work as well as in sometimes differing perspectives.

I like to share with you a 40 mins video teaching on handling disagreement, in particular doctrinal differences. I have found this enlightening and helpful to remember that unity in action is being open to different views while maintaining harmony and love in Christ.
Doctrinal and Interpretive Disagreements
https://www.biblicaleldership.com/effectiveness/protecting-0/protecting-from-false-teachers/doctrinal-and-interpretive-disagreements/

 

Elder Andrew Lim