The initial emphasis in this passage is that they are "spiritual" gifts. They are the means through which believers are to grow, worship, witness, and serve. For anyone who might view the following instruction by Paul as restrictive, they needed to think about what life as an unbeliever had truly been like. Their misunderstanding and misuse of spiritual gifts was a major result of their carnal divisiveness.
Biblical Principles of the Unity of the Church I. The Nature of the Church A. The church is the covenant people of God in all ages and among all nations.
All those who believe the promise of God and their children and have had the promise sealed to them in baptism are to be recognized and treated as God's people, as members of the organized church.
The work of the church, in fellowship with and in obedience to Christ, is divine worship, mutual edification, and gospel witness Form of Government II. The Lord governs his church also through the application of his Word to the people by the Spirit as the Word is expounded and applied by the officers of the church Eph.
The Unity of the Church A. The church finds its unifying principle in the covenant promise "my dwelling place will be with them; I will be their God, and they will be my people" Ezek.
This finds fulfillment in Jesus as Emmanuel "God with us," Matt. The ultimate consummation of the promise is the new Jerusalem, the Bride of Christ Rev.
The church must recognize, appreciate, and confess this fundamental unity of the covenant people of God, the body of Christ; which is a God-given creation and not a human achievement.
The church, the visible organization, is described in the Bible as one church. God has given only one covenant of love Deut. In the New Testament this teaching of the unity of the people of God is sustained see Eph. Yet the situation is different. No longer are the people of God circumscribed by ethnic, political, or geographical boundaries.
All nations are to be discipled. This unity includes those people of God in past ages and also looks to the future and includes the people of God who will believe on his name Jn.
The gospel proclaimed by the apostles as the foundation of the church resulted in establishing churches as covenant communities in various locations, churches which were ruled by elders.
These churches and these elders were not independent, but were one body united by Christ their head, by the abiding presence of the Holy Spirit, and by the covenant promise of God.
The elders at Antioch and Jerusalem resolve a problem, under God, and their decision is binding on the churches Acts 15, The unity of the church is attained unto by growing in spiritual maturity Eph. Unity and maturity are the result of mutual, loving admonition and joint submission to Scripture.
Such maturity is manifested by speaking and acting the truth in love Eph. Each member is essential to the body, and the growth of the body depends on the active participation of each part Eph. The work of the officers of the church is to prepare the members for, and assist them in this work Eph.
Ecclesiastical Union In ecclesiastical union two denominations join in submitting to one common form of government. Since ecclesiastical jurisdiction includes the maintenance of spiritual discipline, unity in polity requires agreement in the standards of faith and worship which such discipline maintains.The world is rich with diversity, which is reflected in the observances celebrated by its various cultures and populations.
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[F]ind out what is unique about yourself and get in touch with it. If you are able to be yourself, then you have no competition. All you have to do is to try and get closer and closer to that essence.
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