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					Braggs church of
    Christ

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Unity Of The New
Testament Church

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   I. Unity – An Important
 Characteristic Of The Church
1. Jesus prayed for it
Jn. 17:20-22
“Neither pray I for these alone,
 but for them also which shall
 believe on me through their
 word;

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           Jn. 17:20-22

[21] That they all may be one; as
 thou, Father, art in me, and I in
 thee, that they also may be one in
 us: that the world may believe that
 thou hast sent me.
 [22] And the glory which thou
 gavest me I have given them; that
 they may be one, even as we are
 one”                                  4
    I. Unity – An Important
  Characteristic Of The Church
2. The Apostles Pleaded for it
1 Cor. 1:10
“Now I beseech you, brethren, by the
 name of our Lord Jesus Christ, that ye
 all speak the same thing, and that there
 be no divisions among you; but that ye
 be perfectly joined together in the same
 mind and in the same judgment”
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   I. Unity – An Important
 Characteristic Of The Church
3. The early church practiced it
Acts 4:32
“And the multitude of them that
 believed were of one heart and
 of one soul”


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   I. Unity – An Important
 Characteristic Of The Church
4. The unity of the church was
 not:
A union of conflicting forces
A federation of denominations
 (There were no denominations
 then)

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   I. Unity – An Important
 Characteristic Of The Church
4. The unity of the church was
 not:
An alliance of religions




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   I. Unity – An Important
 Characteristic Of The Church
5. The unity of the N.T. church
 was: Jews & Gentiles - bond &
 free - makes & female
 becoming one in Christ!
Gal. 3:28


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           Gal. 3:28
There is neither Jew nor Greek,
 there is neither bond nor free,
 there is neither male nor
 female: for ye are all one in
 Christ Jesus.


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II. They Were All One In Christ
1. They believed the same
 gospel
Mk. 16:15
Gal. 1:6-9



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           Mk. 16:15
And he said unto them, Go ye
 into all the world, and preach
 the gospel to every creature.




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            Gal. 1:6-9
I marvel that ye are so soon
 removed from him that called you
 into the grace of Christ unto
 another gospel:
 [7] Which is not another; but there
 be some that trouble you, and
 would pervert the gospel of Christ.

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            Gal. 1:6-9
[8] But though we, or an angel
 from heaven, preach any other
 gospel unto you than that which
 we have preached unto you, let
 him be accursed.
 [9] As we said before, so say I now
 again, If any man preach any other
 gospel unto you than that ye have
 received, let him be accursed.    14
II. They Were All One In Christ
2. They had obeyed the same
 gospel
Acts 2:38, 41




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            Acts 2:38
Then Peter said unto them,
 Repent, and be baptized every
 one of you in the name of
 Jesus Christ for the remission
 of sins, and ye shall receive the
 gift of the Holy Ghost.

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           Acts 2:41
Then they that gladly received
 his word were baptized: and
 the same day there were added
 unto them about three
 thousand souls.


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II. They Were All One In Christ
3. They were added to the
 same church
Acts 2:47




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           Acts 2:47
Praising God, and having
 favour with all the people. And
 the Lord added to the church
 daily such as should be saved.



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II. They Were All One In Christ
4. They kept the same law
Mt. 28:20
Teaching them to observe all
 things whatsoever I have
 commanded you: and, lo, I am
 with you alway, even unto the
 end of the world. Amen.
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II. They Were All One In Christ
5. They continued in the same
 doctrine
Acts 2:42
2 Jn. 9



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           Acts 2:42
And they continued stedfastly
 in the apostles' doctrine and
 fellowship, and in breaking of
 bread, and in prayers.



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             2 Jn. 9
Whosoever transgresseth, and
 abideth not in the doctrine of
 Christ, hath not God. He that
 abideth in the doctrine of
 Christ, he hath both the Father
 and the Son.

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II. They Were All One In Christ
6. They wore the same name
Acts 11:26
1 Pet. 4:16




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          Acts 11:26
And when he had found him,
 he brought him unto Antioch.
 And it came to pass, that a
 whole year they assembled
 themselves with the church,
 and taught much people. And
 the disciples were called
 Christians first in Antioch.   25
           1 Pet. 4:16
Yet if any man suffer as a
 Christian, let him not be
 ashamed; but let him glorify
 God on this behalf.



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II. They Were All One In Christ
7. They heeded 1 Cor. 1:10
Spoke same thing
No divisions
Perfectly joined together:
Same mind
Same judgment
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II. They Were All One In Christ
7. They heeded 1 Cor. 1:10
Brethren can be united if they
 desire to be and if the Lord’s
 will is allowed to control their
 lives
We can be united if we let his
 will reign supreme in our lives
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II. They Were All One In Christ
8. They had the same love one
 for another
Phil. 2:2
Fulfil ye my joy, that ye be
 likeminded, having the same
 love, being of one accord, of
 one mind
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          Conclusion
Amos 3:3
“Can two walk together, except
 they be agreed?”
Lk. 6:46
“And why call ye me, Lord,
 Lord, and do not the things
 which I say?”
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