1 Corinthians 1:10 — “I appeal to you, brothers, by the name of the Lord Jesus Christ, that all of you agree, and that there be no divisions among you, but that you be united in the same mind and the same judgment.”
Paul writes this to the new-ish church at Corinth. It’s a church that Paul himself planted. It has become semi-dysfunctional and has a long list of issues (interesting that even the churches that made it into the bible are messed up).
Of all the commands/wishes/directions that Paul could write to the church, his first appeal is for unity. He wants the church to be without division. Same frame of mind. Same opinion.
Why does it matter whether or not the church is united?
How does it affect the message of the Gospel?
Why is Jesus so concerned with us being “us” and not “a bunch of people who coexist”?
How does the call to unity affect how I interact with the server at the cafe?
How does the call to unity affect how I think about the people who live in my neighborhood?
Psalm 133:1 — “How good it is when brothers dwell in unity.”
John 17:21 — “…that they may all be one, just as you, Father, are in me, and I in you…”