Unity in the body

by IHOPKC Staff Writer

9/6/16

Christian Living

In today’s world, it seems rare to find a group of people who get along and fiercely guard their unity without the presence of a common enemy. Just take a look at any family on vacation.

Unity can sometimes seem like an impossibility, the stuff of sci-fi films and young adult novels set in futuristic utopias. We like to see the imaginative portrayal of a world free of chaos, sickness, death, and war. It’s a marked contrast to our reality.

And yet, somehow, a world in which people enjoy harmonious fellowship is not just the brainchild of authors and directors, but the original idea of our Heavenly Father, a desire that Jesus prayed for toward the end of His earthly ministry.

I do not pray for these alone, but also for those who will believe in Me through their word; that they all may be one, as You, Father, are in Me, and I in You; that they also may be one in Us, that the world may believe that You sent Me. And the glory which You gave Me I have given them, that they may be one just as We are one. (John 17:20–22)

After the crucifixion, the Apostle Paul, under inspiration of the Holy Spirit, had a similar prayer that the Church would “be able to comprehend with all the saints what is the width and length and depth and height . . .” (Ephesians 3:18).

In the Bible we learn a lot about God and His plans for His Church. If it weren’t for the Word, how would we know how highly God values unity in the body?

Behold, how good and how pleasant it is for brethren to dwell together in unity! It is like the precious oil upon the head, running down on the beard, the beard of Aaron, running down on the edge of his garments. . . The Lord commanded the blessing—life forevermore. (Psalm 133:1–3)

How would we ever hope that all the division we see between denominations and cultural groups in the church body will actually come to an end?

Actually, living in one accord within the global church body may seem unlikely when we look around us at the different arguments going on within the church.

Even so, we hold fast to the Word and believe that greater is He who is in us than the chaos, confusion, hatred, and sin in this world. We know it is possible to pursue unity and peace because of the power of God within us. We live in the day-to-day reality of working in tandem with the Holy Spirit until we reach that day when we’re walking in unity as the Bride of Christ.

Repay no one evil for evil. Have regard for good things in the sight of all men. If it is possible, as much as depends on you, live peaceably with all men. Beloved, do not avenge yourselves, but rather give place to wrath; for it is written, “Vengeance is Mine, I will repay,” says the Lord. (Romans 12:17–19)

Pursue peace with all people, and holiness, without which no one will see the Lord: looking carefully lest anyone fall short of the grace of God; lest any root of bitterness springing up cause trouble, and by this many become defiled. (Hebrews 12:14–15)

That can be challenging to do when we experience the reality of offense and unforgiveness in our own hearts toward those who have wronged and mistreated us. Basing our behavior on the Word, instead of closing ourselves off emotionally or ending relationships with other believers in order to “protect” ourselves, we can view them the way God views other members of the body and pray for them, whether they have offended us or have been offended by us. We can maintain God’s perspective of the Church He’s growing and maturing.

Let’s look again at this familiar passage of Paul’s:

For as the body is one and has many members, but all the members of that one body, being many, are one body, so also is Christ. For by one Spirit we were all baptized into one body—whether Jews or Greeks, whether slaves or free—and have all been made to drink into one Spirit. For in fact the body is not one member but many. If the foot should say, “Because I am not a hand, I am not of the body,” is it therefore not of the body? And if the ear should say, “Because I am not an eye, I am not of the body,” is it therefore not of the body? If the whole body were an eye, where would be the hearing? If the whole were hearing, where would be the smelling? But now God has set the members, each one of them, in the body just as He pleased. And if they were all one member, where would the body be? But now indeed there are many members, yet one body. And the eye cannot say to the hand, “I have no need of you”; nor again the head to the feet, “I have no need of you.” No, much rather, those members of the body which seem to be weaker are necessary. (1 Corinthians 12:12–22)

In his wisdom, Paul likens the Church to a body, making it clear that unity under the leadership of Jesus Christ is not just a desire, but a priority in the Kingdom. Even in the midst of challenges and in an atmosphere of diversity, the Lord desires we value unity the way He does.

Unity is a God-ordained response we have as we walk in love toward one another. As we love one another as Christ loves us, we will reveal that we truly are His disciples. We will reveal a unified Church that no power on earth could bring about. We will reveal what only Jesus could do and show the world the beauty of our Savior.(John 13:34–35).

When we walk in love, we are reflections of God in the earth, able to enter into the power of unity that God has for His children.

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Unity in the Body

Unity in the Body

Acts 2:6 THE BIRTH OF THE CHURCH

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Believers were filled with the Spirit

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Unity in the Body

Unity in the Body

All belivers should be filled with the Spirit.

Acts 4:31 Building shook, then all were filled with the Spirit.

What is it like to be filled?

What can we be filled with?

Eph 5:18 “Don’t be drunk with wine,but be filled with the Holy Spirit.” – Imperitive

By faith we believe the Holy Spirit Indwells us at Salvation.

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Acts 4:33-34

“One Heart and One Mind”

Church was diverse but functioned as one.

“Not I but Christ in me”

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How can Unity be Destroyed?

Habits, Expectations, Addictions, Grievances

The early church saw what they had and turned it over to God.

Voluntary

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Acts 4:34-35 Details more giving to the church.

What can you surrendor to contribute to unity and the purpose of the church?

A unified church is a body of believers that are filled with the Holy Spirit of God.

Prereqs then are the same as now.

Acts 4:32-33

How would you describe the purpose of the Church today?

This is where the filling is so important!

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Billy Graham –

“Before a believer can be filled..”

Who is ruling my life?

Self or Christ?

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Unity in the Body of Christ

The church is one body with many members, called from every nation, kindred, tongue, and people. In Christ we are a new creation; distinctions of race, culture, learning, and nationality, and differences between high and low, rich and poor, male and female, must not be divisive among us. We are all equal in Christ, who by one Spirit has bonded us into one fellowship with Him and with one another; we are to serve and be served without partiality or reservation. Through the revelation of Jesus Christ in the Scriptures we share the same faith and hope, and reach out in one witness to all. This unity has its source in the oneness of the triune God, who has adopted us as His children.

Supporting Scripture:
Rom. 12:4, 5; 1 Cor. 12:12-14; Matt. 28:19, 20; Ps. 133:1; 2 Cor. 5:16, 17; Acts 17:26, 27; Gal. 3:27, 29; Col. 3:10-15; Eph. 4:14-16; 4:1-6; John 17:20-23.

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The Body In The Brothel – Murder Mystery is located in Halles district, Venter de Paris part of the map. Be aware that you can start this Murder Mystery only after completing Marquis de Sade Paris Stories.

There are three Marquis de Sade stories in total that once completed unlocks The Body in the Brothel Murder Mystery. Once you complete the first one – My Kingdom for Some Whores, the second – De Sade’s Reprieve unlocks. When you complete the second quest the third one named – Sadistic Blackmail unlocks. You can complete them all in Porte-Saint-Denis district, Ventre de Paris part of the map. The main reward for completing the Body in The Brothel is a Long weapon – Voulge and 150 Livres. In-game weapon description: A polearm with a broad, chopping blade.

Brothel – Clues (7/7)

Seven clues can be found in the same room where you discovered the dead body. Only two of them are statements.

  1. BROTHEL – Woman’s body
  2. BROTHEL – Ropes and gag
  3. BROTHEL – Diary
  4. BROTHEL – Whip
  5. BROTHEL – Spikes and hooks
  6. BROTHEL – Statement of Micheline
  7. BROTHEL – Statement of Anna

Brothel Clues.

Leather shop – Clues (2/2)

Leather shop map location appears on the map once you collect clue Brothel – Whip. It is located in southeastern Porte-Saint-Denis district. You’ll find both clues on the ground floor.

  1. LEATHER SHOP – Delivery book
  2. LEATHER SHOP – Statement of the Leather Worker

Student’s Hovel – Clues (2/2)

Student’s Novel location is shown on the map once you collect any clue from the Leather Shop. It’s hidden on the last floor of the blacksmith house, just a house away from the Leather Shop.

  1. STUDENT’S HOVEL – Book: 120 Days of Sodom by Donatien A.-F., Marquis de Sade
  2. STUDENT’S HOVEL – Statement of the Student

Meeting Place – Clue (1/1)

Meeting Place location appears on map once you collect clue Student’s Hovel – Statement of the Student. It is located on the edge of the Paris, to the north from Student’s Hovel.

  1. MEETING PLACE – Statement of the Vagabond

House – Clues (2/2)

Once you collect the clue Meeting Place – Statement of the Vagabond, location of the House appears on the map . It is to the east from the Meeting Place. Clues are on the second floor of the building.

  1. HOUSE – Scrapbook
  2. HOUSE – Mysterious letter

De Sade Villa – Clues (3/3)

This is the building where you started the Marquis de Sade Paris Stories. It feels like the right place where this mystery should end.

  1. DE SADE VILLA – Letter to valet
  2. DE SADE VILLA – Statement of the Valet
  3. DE SADE VILLA – Statement of the Marquis de Sade

Find the Murderer

At the end of the Mystery accuse the murderer Olivier for his crimes inside De Sade Villa. unity in the body

The Murderer!

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