The same baptism and the same faith
A Godly Community
The gospel doesn’t simply bring individual believers into a saving relationship with God. We are not merely added to a heavenly list or tally when we come to believe. Instead, through the gospel we are baptized into a “body”—the church (1 Corinthians 12:13). We are born by the Spirit into a family. This church family is not simply created for organizational purposes. Instead, all its members are inextricably linked together by virtue of sharing the same Lord, the same Savior, the same baptism, and the same faith (Ephesians 4:1-6).
Our culture has made individualism one of its highest values. As a result, communities break down, both in the society and in the church. Self-absorption is the problem. As one pastor has explained it, the solar system works fine so long as there is only one center; but if every planet sought to be the center, collision and chaos would ensue.
A.W. Tozer noted that one hundred pianos all tuned to the same fork will be tuned to and in harmony with each other. The same is true of one hundred worshippers each looking to Christ. Christ must be at the center of our community in order to truly experience community. With Christ at the center we can seek to live continually with a community mindset, putting others ahead of ourselves (Philippians 2:3-5). The gospel creates a community of people who would not come together outside of the influence of the gospel. The diversity within unity created by the gospel is a testimony to the power of God to change hearts and lives and tear down the barriers of color, race, social status, and the idol of personal preference.