Bible Verses About Unity in the Church

We live in a time when division seems to be lurking around every corner. I’m convinced we need to seek a deeper understanding of what the bible says about unity in the church. I’m fully convinced that this is a crucial component in our ambition to bring glory to God effectively. 

Here are some important biblical principles and Bible verses about unity and working together as the body of Christ.

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Bible Verses About Unity in the Church

When considering biblical unity, there is a passage in Ephesians 4 that comes to mind.

As a prisoner of the Lord, then, I urge you to walk in a manner worthy of the calling you have received. 2 Be completely humble and gentle; be patient, bearing with one another in love. 3 Make every effort to keep the unity of the Spirit through the bond of peace. 4 There is one body and one Spirit, just as you were called to one hope when you were called; 5 one Lord, one faith, one baptism; 6 one God and Father of all, who is over all and through all and in all. Ephesians 4:1-5 NASB

Here, Paul is imploring the believers in Ephesis to live a life worthy of the gospel. This means walking in unity with fellow believers. If you look at the definition of unity in the Bible, you would find that ‘unity’ in its original language means oneness

God’s heart for His people is to be one together with Him through the Holy Spirit. We are bound as one body to further His kingdom and His glory.

If we keep reading in Ephesians 4, the apostle Paul teaches that the Holy Spirit gives each believer a spiritual gift meant to build up each member of the body of Christ until we reach unity.

And He gave some as apostles, some as prophets, some as evangelists, some as pastors and teachers, 12 for the equipping of the saints for the work of ministry, for the building up of the body of Christ; 13 until we all attain to the unity of the faith, and of the knowledge of the Son of God, to a mature man, to the whole measure of the fullness of Christ. – Ephesians 4:11-13

The Power of Unity in the Bible

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There are two examples of such unity in the Bible I want to consider. One from the Old Testament and one from the New Testament. These stories show us why unity of the faith is important in the church.

Israel Against the Vast Army

This is a great Bible verse about unity and working together! King Jehosophat stood in front of the vast army. They were outnumbered. Then, the Lord told him to send the singers to the front lines. When the people began singing and praising the Lord set an ambush against their enemies and they were defeated! This is one of my favorite stories in the Old Testament! I love how the Lord used the worshippers to defeat the army.

However, there is more to this story that, I think, often gets overlooked.

Then some came and reported to Jehoshaphat, saying, “A great multitude is coming against you from beyond the sea, out of Aram and behold, they are in Hazazon-tamar (that is Engedi).” 3 Jehoshaphat was afraid and turned his attention to seek the Lord, and proclaimed a fast throughout all Judah. 4 So Judah gathered together to seek help from the Lord; they even came from all the cities of Judah to seek the Lord. 2 Chronicles 20:2-4 NASB

Did you catch that? “They even came from all the cities of Judah to seek the Lord”! What an awesome example of unity in the church! The believers came together in a difficult time for the common purpose of seeking the knowledge of God. Unity of God’s people is a powerful force against the ploys of the enemy.

Unity In The Early Church

The second example of unity in the Bible is in Acts 2. These are great bible verses about coming together.

And all those who had believed were together and had all things in common; 45 and they began selling their property and possessions and were sharing them with all, as anyone might have need. 46 Day by day continuing with one mind in the temple, and breaking bread from house to house, they were taking their meals together with gladness and sincerity of heart, 47 praising God and having favor with all the people. And the Lord was adding to their number day by day those who were being saved. Acts 2:44-47 NASB

What a great picture of God’s family. This kind of unity in the church is attractive. The believers were coming together for daily prayer, the reading of God’s word, and the praise of their heavenly father. The world around them took notice and they were adding to their numbers those who were being saved.

The Importance of Unity in the Bible

These examples give us a glimpse of how unity brings blessing! When the church is unified God is glorified.

In 2 Chronicles we see the people were unified in their purpose to seek the Lord for wisdom in their strategy against the vast army! This clearly played a role in releasing the heavenly resources that fought and won their battle – and ultimately, brought glory to God!

In Acts 2 we see a beautiful picture of unity among believers. They were adding to their numbers daily. Unity is attractive. When the church is unified, we radiate the glory of God into a dark and depraved world. 

How to Walk in Biblical Unity

What Does the Bible Say About Unity

Here are some scriptures in the Word of God that give us some principles for how to build unity among our brothers and sisters in Christ as we continue in spiritual growth.

Believers Must Walk in Humility with One Another

make my joy complete by being of the same mind, maintaining the same love, united in spirit, intent on one purpose. 3 Do nothing from selfishness or empty conceit, but with humility of mind regard one another as more important than yourselves; Philippians 2:2-3 NASB

God wants His people to walk in humility with one another – because walking in love means walking in humility. In the passage above, Paul instructs the Philippian believers to consider others. He knows that this is a requirement of the body functioning together as one. 

The opposite of humility is pride. Where pride is present so is disorder and division. Pride focuses on self – not the body as a whole.

We Must Be Led By the Spirit

The entire law is fulfilled in a single decree: “Love your neighbor as yourself.” But if you keep on biting and devouring each other, watch out, or you will be consumed by each other. So I say, walk by the Spirit, and you will not gratify the desires of the flesh. Galatians 5:14-16 NASB

We have the Holy Spirit dwelling within us. He guides and helps us to walk in a manner that is worthy and pleasing to God. However, we still have our flesh that wages war against the Spirit. We must choose each day to be led by the Spirit instead of our flesh. When we remember to do this, unity in the church will flourish because the Spirit will lead us in oneness. 

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Maintain Unity of Mind

Only conduct yourselves in a manner worthy of the gospel of Christ, so that whether I come and see you or remain absent, I will hear of you that you are standing firm in one spirit, with one mind striving together for the faith of the gospel; in no way alarmed by your opponents – which is a sign of destruction for them, but of salvation for you, and that too, from God. Philippians 2:27-28 NASB

When our mind is set on the gospel and the hope it gives us we are strengthened as members of the body to stand against the enemy of fear. Fear is at the root of many divisions among followers of Christ.

We must be united in our purpose to spread the name of our Lord Jesus Christ. This, ultimately, is the reason that our God of love has us remaining in this world. We are to partner with the Lord in ushering others over the threshold of darkness into light. Out of the kingdom of the world and into the Kingdom of Heaven! Our mission is to spread the knowledge of the Son of God. We must keep a humble mind that is fixed on the gospel, the word of the Lord, and our hope of eternal life.

Pray for Unity in the Church

I do not pray for these alone, but also for those who will believe in Me through their word; 21 that they all may be one, as You, Father, are in Me, and I in You; that they also may be one in Us, that the world may believe that You sent Me. John 17:20-21 NASB

Our goal as Christians is to become more like Jesus. To walk the way he walked. To serve the way He served. To pray the way He prayed. Therefore, if Jesus prayed for our unity among God’s people, so should we. 

Prayer is important. Prayer is powerful. Prayer moves the hand of God. Prayer is our instrument for extracting the resources of heaven into our experience. So let’s make prayer for complete unity in the church a top priority!

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  1. “When our mind is set on the gospel and the hope it gives us we are strengthened to stand against the enemy of fear. Fear is at the root of many divisions in the body of Christ.” Amen! I pray more Christians would be strengthened to stand against the enemy of fear and united again in Christ!

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