Unity

The Christian Church is one church. It is not many different ones. It is one body. It is one temple. It is one bride.

The idea of unity within Christianity has been making me think a lot recently, and it has occurred to me just how important it is within the wider context of our world and our witness to the world of our Lord and Saviour. The thing is that people often get their ideas wrong on what unity is, or rather, how Christians are united.

Many think it is over the right denomination. If this is so, then why are there so many who are preaching the same Gospel, but come under a different denomination. Some think it’s theology. If this is so, then why all the different theological approaches within Christianity? Many think it’s over style of worship. If so, why are there so many different styles within the Church? The list continues.

Christian unity is defined in the first line of an old hymn (which can be sung beautifully and rousingly, or boringly and badly): The Church’s ONE foundation is Jesus Christ, her Lord

It is Jesus Christ who is the glue between different believers, churches and denominations. It is Jesus who holds the true body of Christians together. And my challenge to you if you’re a Christian is “Is Jesus the source of your Christian unity with other believers?” If not, then get it sorted, because sooner or later, you’ll end up splitting up over the silliest of things.

To end, I shall sign off with some reading from Ephesians 4:

1 As a prisoner for the Lord, then, I urge you to live a life worthy of the calling you have received. 2 Be completely humble and gentle; be patient, bearing with one another in love. 3 Make every effort to keep the unity of the Spirit through the bond of peace. 4 There is one body and one Spirit, just as you were called to one hope when you were called; 5 one Lord, one faith, one baptism; 6 one God and Father of all, who is over all and through all and in all.7 But to each one of us grace has been given as Christ apportioned it. 8 This is why it says:

“When he ascended on high,
he took many captives
and gave gifts to his people.”

9 (What does “he ascended” mean except that he also descended to the lower, earthly regions?10 He who descended is the very one who ascended higher than all the heavens, in order to fill the whole universe.) 11 So Christ himself gave the apostles, the prophets, the evangelists, the pastors and teachers, 12 to equip his people for works of service, so that the body of Christ may be built up 13 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.

14 Then we will no longer be infants, tossed back and forth by the waves, and blown here and there by every wind of teaching and by the cunning and craftiness of people in their deceitful scheming. 15 Instead, speaking the truth in love, we will grow to become in every respect the mature body of him who is the head, that is, Christ. 16 From him the whole body, joined and held together by every supporting ligament, grows and builds itself up in love, as each part does its work.

 

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Dean Roberts

Dean is a Minister in the Anglican Church. Currently he is Curate in the parishes of Bedwas, Machen, Michaelston-y-Fedw and Rudry in South Wales. He was born and bred in Wales, is married to Megan, and has two dogs called Taliesin and Melyn, and two cats named Sinsir and Hâf. He graduated from Cardiff University with a BA Hons. in Theology & Religious Studies, and has studied for an MA in Theology, Ministry & Mission at Trinity College Bristol. He also holds a Cert.RSCM from the Royal School of Church Music. He loves playing music, walking, reading, blogging and horse riding as well as going to the cinema and theatre. Read More @ http://deanroberts.net/about

  • AJ

    This is very true Dean, the church should be united through Jesus however there are still issues and divisions which go on within the church and I think it would be unfair to say that these people aren’t true Christians. We need to remember that we do live in an imperfect world and and to say that all true Christians will always get on would be misleading because Christians are also imperfect and nasty issues have a way of sneaking in there some time. Not that I’m condoning it at all.

  • Gavin

    Psalm 133
    1 How good and pleasant it is
    when God’s people live together in unity!

    2 It is like precious oil poured on the head,
    running down on the beard,
    running down on Aaron’s beard,
    down on the collar of his robe.
    3 It is as if the dew of Hermon
    were falling on Mount Zion.
    For there the LORD bestows his blessing,
    even life forevermore.