UNITY

1. Is it in the Bible?

Yes.....

Ps 133:1 <<A Song of degrees of David.>> Behold, how good and how pleasant it is for brethren to dwell together in unity!
Eph 4:3 Endeavouring to keep the unity of the Spirit in the bond of peace.
Eph 4:13 Till we all come in the unity of the faith, and of the knowledge of the Son of God, unto a perfect man, unto the measure of the stature of the fulness of Christ:

2. What do we believe it means?

In church, the people should all be in unity. "unity" means to follow the format of church, and submit to the authority of the pastor.

 

3. What does it really mean?

"Unity" absolutely is a new testament Bible concept. But it most certainly is NOT what tradition leads us to believe! The key is to look at one verse used.....

Eph 4:3 Endeavouring to keep the unity of the Spirit in the bond of peace.

The unity of Christians in the Bible was under the Guidance, Leading and Instruction of the Holy Ghost (and not man!). The unity in the church of the Bible was a functional, loving fellowship, which respected and encouraged all to minister (they were imitating Jesus, who found ministry in all people). They prayed together and let God lead them.

41 Then they that gladly received his word were baptized: and the same day there were added unto them about three thousand souls.
42 ¶ And they continued stedfastly in the apostles' doctrine and fellowship, and in breaking of bread, and in prayers.
43 And fear came upon every soul: and many wonders and signs were done by the apostles.
44 And all that believed were together, and had all things common;
45 And sold their possessions and goods, and parted them to all men, as every man had need.
46 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,
47 Praising God, and having favour with all the people. And the Lord added to the church daily such as should be saved. (Acts 2:41-47)

The unity of the church in the Bible, meeting daily, in small groups, following apostolic doctrine lead to a continual witnessing of the Gospel and the result that people were saved daily.

An equitable, loving, Godly unity.

Not the uniformity of a preordained church "service".

Not submission tot he authority of man--rather submission tot he the authority of God the Holy Spirit.

And submission to God the Holy Spirit, allows Christ to be the Head.

and makes the Father happy.