The church is one body with many members, called from every nation, kindred, tongue, and people. In Christ we are a new creation; distinctions of race, culture, learning, and nationality, and differences between high and low, rich and poor, male and female, must not be divisive among us. We are all equal in Christ, who by one Spirit has bonded us into one fellowship with Him and with one another; we are to serve and be served without partiality or reservation. Through the revelation of Jesus Christ in the Scriptures we share the same faith and hope, and reach out in one witness to all. This unity has its source in the oneness of the triune God, who has adopted us as His children. (Rom. 12:4, 5; 1 Cor. 12:12-14; Matt. 28:19, 20; Ps. 133:1; 2 Cor. 5:16, 17; Acts 17:26, 27; Gal. 3:27, 29; Col. 3:10-15; Eph. 4:14-16; 4:1-6; John 17:20-23.)These followers of Christ have come and are still coming from various backgrounds. They are different. Diversity must not be denied. But they have been made one through Jesus who has broken down all barriers of gender, nationality, race, status, learning, and what other barriers there may be (Eph. 2:11-22; Gal. 3:26-29). Diversity is important, but unity surpasses diversity. Now believers form one body, Christ’s body, where He is the head (Eph. 1:22, 23; 4:4; Col. 1:18). They use their various gifts for the building up of the church and for its mission (Eph. 4:11, 12; 1 Cor. 12). Although their functions may vary, they are equal before God who shows no partiality. “There is one body and one Spirit, just as also you were called in one hope of your calling; one Lord, one faith, one baptism, one God and Father of all who is over all and through all and in all” (Eph. 4:4-6).