Unity of Christian Believers

At present I attend the “Servants of Jesus” christian community in Seven Hills.  It is a very friendly and loving church which focuses on becoming a true community of christian believers.  It is charismatic in style but also has solid biblical teaching which focuses on repentence and becoming more and more like Christ in our daily lives.  At present I am doing their 10 week course called “Formations”.  This goes through the important aspects of Christian living that we agree to follow in order to become a covenant member of the church.  This is where  at the end of the course we may choose to commit ourselves to the church for one year.

What is unique about this christian community is that they have a vision of bringing all christian believers no matter which denomination,  to come together to worship in unity as one body.  Hence in the morning people are allowed to attend their respective church services in their particular christian denominations.  There is also 2 services at 9.30am and 9.45am for people who do not already have a church to go to.  Then at 11am we all come together as one body to worship together in the big gathering.  This also is in the format of a normal church service which includes a sermon with praise and worship.

It is certainly a noble and biblical goal to unify all christian believers to worship together as one.  In one of Nicky Gumble’s Alpha course videos,  he mentions that in the protestant church there are about 38 000 different denominations around the world.  Often as christian we can focus too much on the differences between us like,  church format,  grey areas of doctrine and even church decor such as the colour of the carpet.  As long as we believe the basic gospel message and the obvious absolute truths like the 10 commandments in the bible,  perhaps we should focus more on what we do agree on and learn to love one another as our brothers and sisters in the Lord.  Often times our differences in opinion and preferences are attributed to what we have been used to in the past and what we have been brought up with. 

Instead it is God’s desire that we all live as One in love and unity,  so that the rest of the unbelieving world may know that Christ is truly real and through the power of his Holy Spirit it is possible to love one another despite our petty differences.    It is when  the unsaved see us working together and enjoying each other in unity,  that they will more likely sit back and realise that there is something special valuable and unique in knowing the Lord and Saviour Jesus Christ.

God’s heart for all the believers in his family to become one in spirit and truth can be found in the following verses:-

Psalm 133:1 – How good and pleasant it is when brothers live together in unity

John 17: 23 – I have given them the glory that you gave me, that they may be one as we are one (Jesus and His Heavenly Father).  I in them and you in me.  May they be brought to complete unity to let the world know that you sent me and have loved them even as you have loved me.

Romans 15:5 – May the God who gives endurance and encouragement give you a spirit of unity amongst yourselves as you follow Christ Jesus, so that with one heart and mouth you may glorify the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ.

Ephesians 4:3,13 – Make every effort to keep the unity of the Spirit through the bond of peace….until we all reach unity in the faith and in the knowledge of the Son of God and become mature, attaining to the whole measure of the fullness of Christ.

Colossians 3:14 – And over all these virtues put on love, which binds them all together in perfect unity.

Let us today, make a decision to pray for and walk in unity with all our brothers and sister in Christ no matter what our differences may be and no matter what christian denomination we belong to.

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3 Responses to “Unity of Christian Believers”

  1. levvii Says:

    I like your article as it fits mine. Actually I started a ministry for the purpose of uniting the Body of Christ named, Building Bridges Ministry. I have a publication exposing the Lord’s Prayer in John 17 which all of us Christians are waiting it to happen. But I believe before it happen God will use people, ordinary Christians who longed for the fulfillment of this prayer. And I am one of this group of Christians whom God is using as instruments in the fulfillment of this prayer. I was full time in the ministry for more than twenty years and had been pioneering churches and pastoring also but just been convinced last year that my call as far as ‘ministry assignment’ is concerned as I have concluded is to be an instrument of unity. You can read my first article which I will post in here if I can or just give to you my email so you can receive my articles distributed to a small group of pastors and teachers from different denominations that gathers ever Saturday to pray in a Dawn Watch Prayer Meeting that had been active almost 10 years ago. Your testimony of having believers from different denomination in one roof praising and worshiping God is awesome to me for I have not yet found one in our country the Philippines. Our church here is practically fragmented because of so much division ranging from doctrinal, relational and even political reasons why we have so much denominations.
    What country are you? And who are the people behind this unity? Do you have in your fellowship, Pentecostals, Baptist (Bible Bap, Missionary Bap, Church of Christ- Non instrumental-Instrumental, Wesleyan, Menonites, Oneness, Reformed Baptist or Reformed Presbyterian, Lutheran etc.. Or what ? How did they do it? Thank you.
    This is my email add- nuevalevi@yahoo.com
    I will send my articles as soon as you send your email address.

  2. A Free Spirit Says:

    I just read an article on CNN.com regarding unity in the Catholic Church without cultural uniformity (i.e., as Anglican congregations join while retaining their rites). I then wrote a post about the relationship of unity and doctrinal uniformity. In general terms, does unity require uniformity?

    • aarwen Says:

      No unity does not necessarily require uniformity. It is about accepting and respecting one another’s differences and being unified in the Holy Spirit. However it could be hard to attract die hard Anglican’s who revere the Word of God first and foremost above all else. If they see that many man made laws have been added to the doctrines of the bible, eg priests must be celibate, pergatory, banning of contraception, having a pope as head of the church instead of Jesus and His word: they would probably be very hesitant to unite. It would be like asking them to invite the Mormons (with their different beliefs) into mainstream Christianity.

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