Harmony and Unity
Topic: Community Passage: Romans 12:16–12:18, Romans 15:5–15:7, Ephesians 4:1–4:6
1. The early church was described as being together, (Greek homothumadon) a word that means to “rush along in unison.” Describe some of the characteristics of the early church and how this concept was lived out in daily life. How does this principle influence how we live as the church today?
2. How is the church similar to a symphony? Who is the One that is supposed to direct the orchestra of the church? What happens when people in the church decide to play their own song?
3. Why is harmony and unity so important to the life of the church? Who gives it? What are the consequences when disharmony and disunity are present? How does that affect the atmosphere of the church?
4. How can we allow dramatic differences to exist in the church (ie. ethnic/ philosophical/ political etc.) and yet remain harmonious and united? How does Christ’s acceptance of us influence how we accept others?
5. What steps can we practically take as a church to guard against disunity and disharmony? What virtues provide the perfect environment for harmony to flourish? Who is our ultimate example of unity in dramatic diversity (Hint: God).