Unity Amidst Diversity
1 Corinthians 12
Diversity Defined by the dictionary
“The condition of having or being composed of differing elements: Variety. Especially: the inclusion of different types of people (such as people of different races or cultures) in a group or organization. Example: Programs intended to promote diversity in schools. An instance of being composed of differing elements or qualities: an instance of being diverse. Example: A diversity of opinion.”
Diversity defined by humanity
“The concept of diversity encompasses acceptance and respect. It means understanding that each individual is unique and recognizing our individual differences. These can be along the dimensions of race, ethnicity, gender, sexual orientation, socio-economic status, age, physical abilities, religious beliefs, political beliefs, or other ideologies. It is the exploration of these differences in a safe, positive, and nurturing environment. It is about understanding each other and moving beyond simple tolerance to embracing and celebrating the rich dimensions of diversity contained within each individual.”
Diversity defined by Scripture
1 Corinthians 12; Romans 12:3-6a
Our diversity, as believers, is contained within our unity.
The world’s diversity is contained within their disunity and they don’t even know it.
Without Jesus unity is not possible!
Diversities of gifts – one Spirit.
Differences of ministries – one Lord
Diversities of activities – one God
True diversity promotes unity within the church…within the body…not division, disharmony, dissension, discord, or disputes…all of which leads to disunity!
“Walk worthy of the calling with which we’ve been called, with all lowliness and gentleness, with longsuffering, bearing with one another in love, endeavoring to keep the unity of the Spirit in the bond of peace. For there is one body and one Spirit, just as we’ve been called in one hope of our calling; one Lord, one faith, one baptism; one God and Father of all, who is above all, and through all, and in us all” (Ephesians 4:1-6).
To live in unity (being like-minded), believers must practice three things: Harmony, Humility, and Helpfulness.
Unity is an organic oneness based on Jesus as the common center by the Holy Spirit at work in and through a believer.
As believers, we are not required to create unity… but we are required to keep the unity that is already ours in and through Jesus.
While the body of Christ is unified, it is also diversified.
Believers are one but many, united but unique.
We all have the same Lord, but we serve Him in various ways.
Life through the Holy Spirit is what it’s all about!