“One House” is a sermon I preached at Trinity Baptist Church in Voorhees, NJ, in June 2010. The text is Ephesians 2:11-22.
Unfortunately, the quality of the first two minutes of audio was quite poor, and so I have included the text of the introduction below.
I like to follow politics as a sport, and I was quite intrigued by the elections in the United Kingdom last month. I don’t know how much you’re aware of British politics; I don’t know much, but I was fascinated to learn about their system of elections that forced a “coalition government.” In the UK, the prime minister is the leader of the majority party in the Parliament—like the Speaker of the House in the US. Basically what happened was, no party gained more than half of the seats in Parliament, and so two parties had to combine their votes in order to choose a prime minister and cabinet members. Power and influence in the government was shared between these two parties. They were forced to work together in order to make things work.
For folks who are very different, working and living together is not easy. History, literature, television and movies are full of examples of uneasy or difficult partnerships. Roosevelt and Churchill teamed up with Stalin in order to defeat Hitler. Romeo and Juliet refused to let their families’ hatred destroy their love, only to be destroyed in ending that hatred. There are countless movies about two vastly different people, thrown together to accomplish a common goal, who end up becoming close friends or lovers. Their journey to overcome their differences is the drama (and sometimes the comic relief) of the movie.
Unity is difficult within the wider church. A few years ago while I was attending seminary the school went through a painful split over a divisive issue. Accusations were thrown back and forth, and many things were said and written that were not honoring to Christ and I’m sure hurt the church’s reputation in the world.
What does the Bible say about unity among God’s people? Today we’re going to read God’s Word to the Ephesians through Saint Paul. As we’ll see, Paul’s audience faced divisions that seemed insurmountable to them. But in Christ, Paul says, they could live together in the same house—one house.
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