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Unity in the Cross

Christians are bound to one another by the power of Christ's redemptive work.
This sermon is part of the sermon series "The Power of the Cross". See series.

Introduction

There was once a man in San Francisco walking along the Golden Gate Bridge, and he saw a second man about to jump over the edge. He stopped him and said, "Surely it can't be that bad. You know God loves you." The man about to jump got a tear in his eye. He said, "Are you a Christian or a Jew or a Hindu?" The fellow said, "I'm a Christian."

"Me, too. Are you Protestant or Catholic?"
"I'm Protestant."
"I am, too. What franchise?"
"I'm Baptist."
"So am I. Northern Baptist or Southern Baptist?"
"Northern Baptist."
"That's a miracle! I am, too. Are you Northern Conservative Baptist or Northern Liberal Baptist?"
"Northern Conservative Baptist."
"Me, too. Are you Northern Conservative Fundamentalist Baptist or Northern Conservative Reformed Baptist?"
"I'm Northern Conservative Fundamentalist Baptist, Karl Ripley."
"Me, too. Are you Northern Conservative Fundamentalist Baptist Great Lakes region or Northern Conservative Fundamentalist Baptist Eastern region?"
"I'm Northern Conservative Fundamentalist Baptist Great Lakes region."
"So am I. Are you Northern Conservative Fundamentalist Baptist Great Lakes region council of 1897 or Northern Conservative Fundamentalist Baptist Great Lakes region council of 1912?"
"I'm Northern Conservative Fundamentalist Baptist Great Lakes region council of 1912."
And the guy said, "Die, heretic," and threw him over the bridge.

I know you're amazed I can remember all that. Me, too.

It doesn't take that much to make Christians fight with each other. I'm sure there are a lot of people in this room with the scars to prove it, and I suspect some of us have scarred other people. I am deeply grateful to the Lord Jesus Christ for the peace in this congregation. It is a wonder and ...

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Lee Eclov recently retired after 40 years of local pastoral ministry and now focuses on ministry among pastors. He is the author of Feels Like Home: How Rediscovering the Church as Family Changes Everything and Pastoral Graces: Reflections on the Care of Souls (Moody Publishers), as well as being a frequent contributor to Preaching Today and CT Pastors. To learn more about his Pastors' Gatherings visit www.leeeclov.com.

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Introduction

I. Grace binds us together

II. We don't deserve God's gifts

III. Division and diversity

IV. Baptized in the name of Christ

Conclusion