UNITY IN THE FAITH

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“…until we all reach unity in the faith and in the knowledge of God’s Son, growing into a mature man with a stature measured by Christ’s fullness.” -Ephesians 4:13 HCSB

Unity in the faith, as referred to in the anchor text does not refer to agreeing to disagree. In this context, it means ‘unanimity’ – something akin to a unanimous vote.

Unity in the faith is sharing the same convictions. It is not unity in spite of the faith.

Multiple denominationalism is not God’s perfect will for the church. God wants us to believe the same thing.

There is no your truth, my truth, etc. There is only the truth of God’s word. It is, therefore, our responsibility to discover what the early church believed; preach the same thing and pass it on to our children.

Doctrine is not subject to our temperament. It is not about the denomination we were born into. It is about understanding and accepting the truth of God’s word.

We must always come to an objective conclusion about what the word teaches.

There is only one truth. If we believe different things, it’s either one of us is right or both of us are wrong. Either ways, our beliefs must give way to the truth of the word.

As it pertains to Charismatic Ministry, what does the word of God say? You might say you are orthodox and so do not pray in tongues, for example. However, in the real sense, if you say are orthodox, then you should pray in tongues because orthodoxy aligns with the creed of the Bible.

To be orthodox is to be charismatic. To be charismatic is to believe in the gifts of the spirit including speaking in tongues. Let’s forget the popular definition of these words and look into the word.

Paul had the following to say about spiritual gifts:
“Follow after charity, and desire spiritual gifts, but rather that ye may prophesy.” -1 Corinthians 14:1 KJV

“But covet earnestly the best gifts: and yet shew I unto you a more excellent way.” – 1 Corinthians 12:31 KJV

“Wherefore, brethren, covet to prophesy, and forbid not to speak with tongues.” – 1 Corinthians 14:39 KJV

From the above texts we can learn the following:

We are not the center of our faith. Jesus is. If the word says we should desire spiritual gifts, we are to desire them. Not to do so is to be in disobedience to God.

Covet earnestly! In other contexts, covetousness is a sin but when it’s exercised towards the things of God, it is a right desire. Have this kind of desire for spiritual things. Follow after them with an ardent desire.

Desire to prophesy! What will your life be if you learn all that God has designed for you to be? At Celebration Church , we move by prophecy and it is our desire that every of our members do the same.

Forbid not to speak in tongues! Why is it that the people who “know” that those who speak in tongues are wrong do not speak in tongues themselves? Paul could correct the Church at Corinth because he knew better than them (1 Corinthians 14:18) yet he instructs that speaking in tongues should not be forbidden.

Finally, have a passionate desire for the things of God. Let your desire be active.

The above are some things the church of God must agree upon because the word of God so instructs. We must be united in the faith.

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