Biblical Unity at Heritage Christian
It is within the greater context of Biblical unity that Biblical diversity and Biblical community develops. Biblical unity must be centered on unity in Jesus, first and foremost, recognizing the Word of God as our ultimate authority.
The Biblical concept of unity refers to a harmony of spirit and attitude and deep enduring sense of belonging marked by love of one another through Jesus. Biblical unity is predicated on love and creates a singleness of purpose that combines individual members into an integrated whole.
(Rom 12:3-11; Phil 2:1-5; Rom 14:1-15:13; 2 Tim 2:24; Eph 4:11-16,32; Rom 15:5-6; 1 Cor 12:4-30; Mark 12:31; John 13:34)
Biblical diversity is the condition in which Christ created us to be unique from one another, while all were created in His image for His glory. The gospel sets the foundation for racial and cultural reconciliation. Diversity that originates in God’s creation and plan is good, while diversity as a human invention distorts God-ordained variety.
(Rev 7:9; 1 Cor 12; Rom 14; Gal 3:28; Heb 13:7-9; 1 John 2:19; Eph 2:14-22)
The biblical-theological concept of community is the alloy of unity and diversity. True Biblical community combines both unity and diversity in harmony, held together by a common bond in Christ.
(Rom 15:5-7; Eph 4:1-6, 13-16; Rom 12:3-5; 1 Cor 1:10; 1 Cor 12:29)