Category Archives: Learning the Lessons of Unity in Christ
By John Thiel, Learning the Lessons of Unity in Christ Conference, Study 1, Audio: mp3
Psalm 133:1 Behold, how good and how pleasant [it is] for brethren to dwell together in unity! 2[It is] like the precious ointment upon the head, that ran down upon the beard, [even] Aaron’s beard: that went down to the skirts of his garments; 3As the dew of Hermon, [and as the dew] that descended upon the mountains of Zion: for there the LORD commanded the blessing, [even] life for evermore.
By John Thiel, Learning the Lessons of Unity in Christ Conference, Study 2, Audio: mp3
Securing our Personal Connection with Christ
John 17:19 And for their sakes I sanctify myself, that they also might be sanctified through the truth. 20 Neither pray I for these alone, but for them also which shall believe on me through their word; 21 That they all may be one; as thou, Father, [art] in me, and I in thee, that they also may be one in us: that the world may believe that thou hast sent me. 22 And the glory which thou gavest me I have given them; that they may be one, even as we are one: 23 I in them, and thou in me, that they may be made perfect in one; and that the world may know that thou hast sent me, and hast loved them, as thou hast loved me.
To understand for ourselves is our first adjustment to make. The first application of Jesus is praying for us; for them also which shall believe on me through their word. We are here because of the word of the disciples and Jesus is praying for us. To understand and appreciate this, the very first application is expressed.
By John Thiel, Learning the Lessons of Unity in Christ Conference, Study 8, Audio: mp3
The world knows of unity. In politics they know that in their party they must be united. In sport they know what it means to be united. In business they know that without unity there is no success. The churches of today know that their Christian ideals need to be cemented in ecumenism; they know that unity is necessary. In warfare, in an army, perfect unity is taught in their recruits so that they know they must be in absolute harmony and absolute unity to win the war. All these concepts of unity portrayed in these areas fall far short of our unity understanding; unity in Christ. The representation of this unity comes to us from many different varieties of object lessons that Jesus gives. There is the body, the army in the Spirit of Prophecy but the one I want to focus upon is John chapter 15 which itemises the unity in its activity together very effectively.
John 15:1-5 I am the true vine, and my Father is the husbandman. Every branch in me that beareth not fruit he taketh away: and every [branch] that beareth fruit, he purgeth it, that it may bring forth more fruit. Now ye are clean through the word which I have spoken unto you. Abide in me, and I in you. As the branch cannot bear fruit of itself, except it abide in the vine; no more can ye, except ye abide in me. I am the vine, ye [are] the branches: He that abideth in me, and I in him, the same bringeth forth much fruit: for without me ye can do nothing.
By John Thiel
Scripture Reading: Isaiah 6:1-3 In the year that king Uzziah died I saw also the Lord sitting upon a throne, high and lifted up, and his train filled the temple. Above it stood the seraphims: each one had six wings; with twain he covered his face, and with twain he covered his feet, and with twain he did fly. And one cried unto another, and said, Holy, holy, holy, [is] the LORD of hosts: the whole earth [is] full of his glory. Read the rest of this entry
By John Thiel. Study 6 – Unity in Christ Conference 2013, Audio: mp3
Are we learning the lessons of unity in Christ? We have a wonderful Saviour, we have a wonderful appreciation of His salvation for us, but are we learning the lessons of unity in Christ with one another? Doesn’t every human being want to feel good about his reputation? This is a very important subject in regards to sustaining each other’s unity.
Hebrews 3:1-2 Wherefore, holy brethren, partakers of the heavenly calling, consider the Apostle and High Priest of our profession, Christ Jesus; Who was faithful to him that appointed him, as also Moses [was faithful] in all his house. Read the rest of this entry