Spotlight - Unity

Why working together matters.

People always talk about working together, but so much of what we read and see in the media show the true divisiveness of human nature. In the Church we are not advised, but commanded to seek unity -- to work together with one mind, one heart, together toward the goals set for us by Christ. It is not always easy; that's why it is a command. It is interesting, however, how much we are drawn to unity, at least as a concept. These sermon illustrations can help you to draw your congregation in to a discussion about the importance of unity.

The Lego Movie [PG]  view

The Church works together as the Body of Christ to follow God's plan.

Wild Style, Benny the Spaceman, Batman, Vitruvious, Unikitty, and Metal Beard are all vastly different, with varying talents and abilities. Each of the Master Builders are special and unique, but their distinct vision and direction keeps them from working together as an effective team. Emmet does... Continue Reading

Matthew 5:13-16   1 Corinthians 13:1-3  

Captain America 2: The Winter Soldier [PG-13]  view

Achieving the mission requires working together.

When Captain America was sent out, he thought that he and his team were there to rescue hostages. What he didn't know was that Agent Romanov was sent to get data. So when Captain America found himself in a bind and was expecting Romanov to cover him, she was unavailable. Their conflicting missions... Continue Reading

John 17:18-23   Ephesians 4:1-7  

Big Miracle [PG]  view

The difference between our kingdoms and God's Kingdom.

Why doesn't Rachel want to give Jill and her cameraman a ride out to the whales? Is she jealous that Jill may be eying her ex-boyfriend? Maybe she feels as if the journalist's motives are not as pure as those espoused by her own eco-friendly organization. Why would I use a clip from a... Continue Reading

Romans 12:3-16   John 17:20-23  

Coach Carter [PG-13]  view

When one part of the body suffers, all suffer.

Team sports are probably one of the best allegories for the Church. In order for a team to be successful, they have to act as a single unit. Too much emphasis in one area, or neglect in another, leads to defeat. All players must exert maximum effort to achieve victory. That is why when one of their... Continue Reading

1 Corinthians 12:12-26   Ephesians 4:14-16  

Unity - Quotations

Emmett: "I'm just a construction worker, but when I had a plan, and we were all working together, we could build a skyscraper."
--The Lego Movie

Steve Rogers: "Soldiers trust each other. That is what makes us an army."
--Captain America: The Winter Solder

Albus Dumbledore: "Differences of habit and language are nothing at all if our aims are identical and our hearts are open."

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