Character of Unity
A Sermon on Romans 12:5-6
so we, though many, are one body in Christ, and individually members one of another. Having gifts that differ according to the grace given to us, let us use them: if prophecy, in proportion to our faith; (ESV)
The character of the unity of the body of Christ is determined by the nature of the church. There is a unity of the Spirit, and this unity is intended to be visible. As Dr. Martyn Lloyd-Jones explains from Romans 12:5-6, there must be a fundamental agreement of basic doctrine. The body was created for a purpose and we ought to function in this most appropriate manner. The church ought to be active and acting. A dead church is a paradox, and not functioning as God purposed in His creation. One of our dangers is to try and act on our own in independence of Him. Learn of the great lessons we all need to hear. We can organize activities, but we cannot organize a revival where converts are added. Only the Spirit can add to the body. Beware of the tendency towards the sins of activism and of hyper-introspection. Look at the present position of the church. We cannot continue on in our own activities, we must conform to the mind and Spirit of the head Himself. We must recognize our oneness and interdependence. There is value as we contribute to the “object and purpose of the whole”. Be ready to act immediately when the command comes to you.
About Dr. Martyn Lloyd-Jones
Dr. Martyn Lloyd-Jones (1899-1981) was a Welsh evangelical minister who preached and taught in the Reformed tradition. His principal ministry was at Westminster Chapel, in central London, from 1939-1968, where he delivered multi-year expositions on books of the bible such as Romans, Ephesians and the Gospel of John. In addition to the MLJ Trust’s collection of 1,600 of these sermons in audio format, most of these great sermon series are available in book form (including a 14 volume collection of the Romans sermons), as are other series such as "Spiritual Depression", "Studies in the Sermon on the Mount" and "Great Biblical Doctrines". He is considered by many evangelical leaders today to be an authority on biblical truth and the sufficiency of Scripture.