Unity Sermon Illustrations

Unity Sermon Illustrations

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Mr. J. A. Abbott, Vice-President of the L.A.D. Motors Corporation of Brooklyn, spoke to the employees of his organization on the subject of Loyalty and Cooperation. He closed his address with this ringing verse from Kipling's Second Jungle Book:

`Now this is the Law of the Jungle—as old and as true as the sky;
And the Wolf that shall keep it may prosper, but
the Wolf that shall break it must die.
As the creeper that girdles the tree-trunk, the
Law runneth forward and back—
For the strength of the Pack is the Wolf, and the strength of the Wolf is the Pack.'—Dale Carnegie

(Ps. 133. 1-3; Acts 1. 14; 4. 31, 32; Phil. 1. 27)

Dwelling Together in Unity

E'en as the ointment whose sweet odours blended
From Aaron's head upon his beard descended,
And, falling thence, with rich perfume ran o'er
The holy garb the High Priest wore:
So doth the unity that lives with brothers
Share its best blessings and its joys with others.—Rumphuyzen

(Ps. 133; Gal. 3. 28; Eph. 4. 3)

Unity in Face of Enemy

If there is one thing more than another required in the Church of God to-day, it is that we present a united front to the enemy. There is a great need of aggressive unity. Just before the battle of Trafalgar, Nelson inquired of Admiral Collingwood where his captain was, and learned that he and Captain Rotherham were not on good terms with each other. Sending a boat for the captain, he placed the hands of Collingwood and Rotherham together, pointed to the enemy's ships, and earnestly looking them both in the face, he uttered the simple words: 'Look, yonder is the enemy.' It was enough; disagreements were forgotten, and victory was gained.—Hy Pickering

(Phil. 1. 27; 4. 2)

Achilles and Agamemnon were fighting in the Trojan War against the Trojans. At the siege of Troy, Achilles, in a fit of jealousy, sat sullen in his tent and refused to cooperate. This nearly lost the Greeks their victory over the Trojans.

(1 Cor. 1. 10; Phil. 4. 2)

On a hot sultry night a small company of Christians was vainly trying to be comfortable on the front steps of a dwelling in a certain city in one of the Western States of America. Suddenly one of the party proposed that they all go to the prayer meeting at the `First Church'. 'What put that notion into your head?' queried one of the party. 'Oh, it's so hot here, I can't stand it any longer. I thought if we went down there we would get cooled off. It is the coolest place I know.'

A member of an East London church was asked how they were getting on at the church of which he was a member. 'We are quite united,' he replied, 'for we are all frozen together.' Alas! there are perhaps many prayer meetings characterized by this type of unity.

(Acts 1. 14; 4. 31, 32; Jude 20)

Family Unity

There is in South India a story of a wealthy landowner who had some very quarrelsome sons, always jealous of one another and always at strife among them­selves. On his deathbed he called them and divided his property among them. Then he called for some sticks to be brought, nicely tied into a bundle, and asked them one by one, beginning at the eldest, to break the bundle. So long as they were thus closely bound together, they could not break any of the sticks. Now,' he said to the eldest, 'untie the bundle, and try to break the sticks singly.' This was not difficult, and soon each of the sticks, broken one by one, lay before them in two pieces.

The father thus taught them that—united they stood: divided they fell.

(Acts 2. 1, 2; 4. 31, 32; Phil. 1. 27; 2. 2)

Coming together is a beginning: keeping together is progress: working together is success in the Christian assembly for:

As One Flock, we are gathered together—John 10. 16
As One Family, we dwell together—Ps. 133. 1
As One Body, we are joined together—Eph. 4. 16
As One Temple, we are framed together—Eph. 2. 21
As One Household, we are built together—­Eph. 2. 19, 20
As One Kingdom, we are to strive together—Phil. 1.27
As One Hierarchy, we are raised up together­—Eph. 2. 6.

Maintaining Unity

In 1747 there arose differences and disunity among the Moravian brethren, a group of local churches whose influence and missionary effort were widespread. Count Zinzendorf, with representative elders, arranged to hold a Conference at which the differing views on the subject of their controversy might be aired and discussed amicably among themselves. The leaders came—some from long distances to the place at which the Conference was to be held, arriving on the appointed day, each prepared to contest the view he supported and confident that it would receive the acceptance of the majority. They arrived about the middle of a week.

In his wisdom Count Zinzendorf proposed that they should spend some time over the Word and in prayer, and suggested a Bible Reading. The book chosen was the first Epistle of John, and they spent the remaining days till the end of the week becoming familiar with the teachings of that letter, and learning that one of its main lessons was 'love for all the brethren'. They agreed that on the first day of the week, like the disciples in the early Church, they should come together to break bread, and in so doing were reminded that they, being many, were 'one Body!' The reading and study of God's Word and the fellowship at the Lord's Supper had a very salutary effect on all, and the result was that when, on Monday morning, they commenced to examine the matters on which they differed, their differences and disputes were quickly settled, each bowing to the Word of God and thus helping to 'keep the unity of the Spirit in the bond of peace'.

(1 Cor. 10. 16-17; Eph. 4. 3; Phil. 1. 10)

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