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Unformatted text preview: Unity That they all may be one; as thou, Father, art in me, and I in thee, that they also may be one in us: that the world may believe that thou hast sent me. And the glory which thou gavest me I have given them; that they may be one, even as we are one: I in them, and thou in me, that they may be made perfect in one; and that the world may know that thou hast sent me, and hast loved them, as thou hast loved me. In one of the Lords most intimate prayers to God, he prayed for unity among his followers. Today its one of the few prayers that has not yet come to past, in the body of Christ it is said to be over 33,000 denominations. Now there are diversities of gifts, but the same Spirit and there are many members but one body. What we have today is two churches two feet apart from each other and it was to this that Paul spoke about in Corinthians about divisions Now I beseech you, brethren, by the name of our Lord Jesus Christ, that ye all speak the same thing, and that there be no divisions among you; but [that] ye be perfectly joined together in the same mind and in the same judgment. As in some cases what occurs, because of different interpretations of doctrine or scripture a church/house becomes divided and out of that another denomination is formed. Which today we now stand to 33,000 denominations. Now in the early church it was a type of community as found in acts where all that believed were together, and had all things common; And sold their possessions and goods, and parted them to all men, as every man had need. And they, continuing daily with one accord in the temple, and breaking bread from house to house, did eat their meat with gladness and singleness of heart A type of community and it was to this where souls where added daily and God honored it. However because of differences and vain arguments we began to become divided and Jesus warned us that Every kingdom divided against itself is brought to desolation; and every city or house divided against itself shall not stand And also the apostle Paul to avoid foolish discussions that lead to more and more ungodliness and that there should be no schism in the body; but that the members should have the same care one for another....
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This note was uploaded on 01/27/2011 for the course RELIGION 255 taught by Professor Atkins during the Spring '10 term at Grand Canyon.
- Spring '10