Today I’ll end this conversation on unity with an illustration:
Suppose you wanted to heart a large room with burning coals, how would you do it? Do you spread the coals evenly throughout the room? No. That would dissipate the heat and eventually each coal would burn out. So how do we heat the room? You push all the individual coals together into one pile in the center of the room, and as they burn together they become one large heat source that’s brighter and hotter, and warmth will fill the room.
Such is the unity of the local church.
We do not seek to heat a local church with the fire of the gospel by merely getting people inside our doors, no. We seek to heat a local church with the fire of the gospel by unifying the people inside our doors in the truth of the Scripture. The more unified we become the brighter and hotter we’ll burn with the heat of the gospel, and the brighter and hotter we burn with the heat of the gospel, the more compelling our community becomes in its witness to the lost.
Remember, you can’t physically see the gospel; but when we foster and encourage community that is supernatural, it makes the invisible gospel visible.
Union with Christ, brings unity in Christ.