One - #4 - One Body

As we’ve walked through this ONE series, we’ve seen repeatedly that there is only ONE.  Through faith we’re part of the ONE body of Christ.  We’re part of the ONE church of Jesus. We’re part of the ONE family of God.  And we’ve been sent forth on ONE mission, to make the name of God great in all the world.  We’ve focused largely on the often hidden and invisible reality that we are truly ONE body, ONE church, with ONE mission.  Today, as we wrap up this series we’re going to listen to Paul as he teaches the Corinthians about how to work on the visible and the seen.  He’s going to teach us to work for a greater and deeper external unity.  We are a unified church. Paul is teaching us work at this unity. He is teaching us to work hard to preserve and keep unity in the body both doctrinally (in our teachings), practically (in the things that we do), and in all of our relationships with each other.  There is a very real unity.  And in these words of farewell Paul teaches us to work for greater and deeper unity. 2 Corinthians 13:11-14