Workers stress the importance of and take pride in the unity and harmony among the church. To have a functioning group, unity is essential.
Uniformity and true unity are not the same thing. Uniformity strives for the appearance of unity, whereas Christian unity is based on true Christian love and humility, serving one another.The incentive to be united comes from various means. Unity may be caused by peer pressure, discipline, fear, threats, etc. Unity is not proof of truth.
Psalm 133:1 – Behold, how good and how pleasant it is for brethren to dwell together in unity!
Eph.4:3 – endeavouring to keep the unity of the Spirit in the bond of peace.
Worker Quote: Each passing year we value more those children of God in the little churches everywhere who deliberately and purposefully cultivate in their lives these graces so that wherever you may be placed your influence will tend toward promoting that unity of spirit that is so dear to the heart of God, and for which our Lord prayed so earnestly on that last night of His life (Jack Carroll, Bakersfield, 1938).
Worker Quote: One thing God asked them to do was: “Abide by my Word” Deut. 11:31-32. That would make them united and it is upon the basis of unity that fellowship has always rested—and fellowship is the end towards which God has always worked. The crowning joy is fellowship. The fact that we preach the Gospel differently and worship differently is vital, but remember, it is only a means to an end. The greatest blessing His people enjoy is fellowship. If people ask you the difference between this way and others, just tell them we have fellowship. ‘Behold, how good and how pleasant it is for brethren to dwell together in unity.’