A Call for Unity in the Church
Every week, Emmaus leadership creates a liturgy that reflects the truths and themes found in the sermon text. All of the songs, readings, and prayers are meant to thrust us into greater joy and love for God and His Word. Take some time this weekend to read, pray, and quiet your mind. Consider the following theme and scriptures, focus your heart on Christ, pray for your brothers and sisters, prepare for the Sunday morning gathering.
Church unity derives from our shared understanding of how we should live and what we believe
Call to Worship
19 Remember my affliction and my wanderings, the wormwood and the gall!
20 My soul continually remembers it and is bowed down within me.
21 But this I call to mind, and therefore I have hope:
22 The steadfast love of the LORD never ceases; his mercies never come to an end;
23 they are new every morning; great is your faithfulness. – Lam 3:19-23
Confession of Sin
12 Put on then, as God’s chosen ones, holy and beloved, compassionate hearts, kindness, humility, meekness, and patience, 13 bearing with one another and, if one has a complaint against another, forgiving each other; as the Lord has forgiven you, so you also must forgive. 14 And above all these put on love, which binds everything together in perfect harmony. – Col 3:12-14
Assurance of Pardon
12 I am writing to you, little children, because your sins are forgiven for his name’s sake. (1Jo 2:12 ESV)
I therefore, a prisoner for the Lord, urge you to walk in a manner worthy of the calling to which you have been called, 2 with all humility and gentleness, with patience, bearing with one another in love, 3 eager to maintain the unity of the Spirit in the bond of peace. 4 There is one body and one Spirit—just as you were called to the one hope that belongs to your call— 5 one Lord, one faith, one baptism, 6 one God and Father of all, who is over all and through all and in all. – Ephesians 4:1-6
Big Idea: Church unity derives from our shared understanding of how we should live and what we believe
Outline: Two keys to spiritual unity in the church
(1) Unity depends on Covenant Faithfulness (1-3)
(2) Unity arises from Confessional Fidelity (4-6)
Behold, how good and pleasant it is when brothers dwell in unity!… For there the LORD has commanded the blessing, life forevermore. – Psa 133:1 ESV
- We Praise Your Righteousness O God
- Be Thou My Vision
- Complete in Thee
- The Church’s One Foundation
- Oh How Good It Is