14. Unity in the Body of Christ

14. Unity in the Body of Christ

The church is one body with many members, called from every nation,

kindred, tongue, and people. In Christ we are a new creation; distinctions

of race, culture, learning, and nationality, and differences between high

and low, rich and poor, male and female, must not be divisive among us.

We are all equal in Christ, who by one Spirit has bonded us into one

fellowship with Him and with one another; we are to serve and be served

without partiality or reservation. Through the revelation of Jesus Christ in

the Scriptures we share the same faith and hope, and reach out in one

witness to all. This unity has its source in the oneness of the triune God,

who has adopted us as His children. (Ps 133:1; Matt 28:19, 20; John

17:20-23; Acts 17:26, 27; Rom 12:4, 5; 1 Cor 12:12-14; 2 Cor 5:16, 17;

Gal 3:27-29; Eph 2:13-16; 4:3-6, 11-16; Col 3:10-15.)