Unity in the Church

I was reading my devotional a few days ago and it talked about unity in the church, I just can’t get past it. I mean can it happen? Can we as people who are so different from each other (not to mention our theological differences) be unified? Forget looking at the church worldwide, look at your own.

Ask yourself this in all honesty. Do we stand together as one in Christ? Do we care about the community around us? The world around us? Are we doing anything out of unity at all? Are we so set in stone that we don’t allow God to move us in his direction instead of our own? Do we have an agenda?

Sometimes I feel that church is so much about us and nothing about God.

I feel that we find unity in the wrong places, in saying everything but really doing nothing. We find unity in taking the sidelines, we yell from the bench but when the coach wants us in we have a note from mom.

What has happened to the unity Jesus spoke of?

“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.”
:: John 17:23

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~ by Dan Browne on January 31, 2008.

2 Responses to “Unity in the Church”

  1. Good topic, Dan, always a tricky one. I had a post about that a short while ago (http://www.jakebelder.com/2008/01/americans-are-notorious-church-hoppers.html) and now there is an interesting discussion going on there about what is required for unity and what it means to be evangelical.

  2. Is the question unity of purpose or uniformity of action? Most of the church fights I’ve seen are not from ungodly people trying to usurp the authority of another, but from people passionate about wining the world with different opinions about how to do it. Shouting matches on whether we ought to give 11% or 12% of the church budget to missions? Should we sit in reverence or dance with abandon? Door to door witnessing or lifestyle relational testimony? Is the Bible completely accurate or literally true? (KJV or NAS?)

    “If the whole body were an eye, where would the sense of hearing be? (1Cor 12:17) Just as God has given various gifts for the functioning of individual congregations, so God chooses people of different backgrounds and opinions to be able to reach the variety of the unsaved.

    If we can teach our congregations to work for the Kingdom and be less sensitive about how others do the same, then we will achieve unity of purpose from a variety of actions.

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