Maintain Unity And The Bond Of Peace

“I have never yet known the Spirit of God to work where the Lord’s people were divided.” Like D.L. Moody, neither have I. Instead, most of us probably have seen too often how disunity hinders the Spirit’s work in the church and damages the church’s witness to the world.

Unity in the body of Christ can’t be taken for granted or taken lightly. Unity is a gift from God made possible by the cross of Jesus and made effective by the working of the Holy Spirit. It’s not something we can create, but unity is our responsibility to guard. The greatest threats to church unity come not from outside the church, but from within. So we need to be on guard against attitudes and actions that destroy unity, like these…


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False Doctrine Doesn’t Make You A Heretic, Divisiveness Does

So, in the New Testament sense of the word, “heresy” was the creation of a division, a sect, a faction, or a party. For this reason, the author of Acts uses the word to describe the different sects within Judaism (Acts 5:17; 15:5; 24:5; 14; 26:5; 28:22).

“Heresy” involved the dividing of a local assembly, not the rightness or wrongness of what the dividing party believed.

It’s true, of course, that a heresy could be created by someone pushing a false teaching on a local assembly, causing it to divide. Peter alludes to this when he warns that false teachers will secretly come into the church and introduce damnable heresies (2 Peter 2:1).


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Charting A Better Course For Unity In The Body Of Christ

When the path to unity starts with the meeting/church service/ or gathering, then I think its trajectory is skewed from the beginning. I think mission is the better path to unity.

Unite in the furtherance of the gospel. Unite in the suffering and needs of those who aren’t congregating. Unite in the Making of Disciples. Unite in the work of mission.

I suppose there is some discussion needed to decide what that ‘one purpose’ is, but I’d venture to say that it is NOT primarily church services.


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A Glimpse Of Ebony & Ivory In The Kingdom Of God

One Sunday morning when Jimmy Rollins was 37 years old, he stood before the church, and what he saw was a sea of black. The church had a handful of white members and a roster of recurring guest speakers who were Caucasian, but Living Waters Worship Center was a majority African-American church in a majority white town, south of Baltimore. For Rollins, that meant it was a church that had lost its way. Rollins knew that the church needed to change…


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How Many Churches Are There And Should There Be That Many?

Lets go through Ephesians 4:1-17 verse by verse to look at a Bible definition of the body of Christ. We need to deconstruct what we believe about the church for a minute and see what the Bible says about the body and our faith and it’s action. To make sure what we believe is how it actually is. Remember our beliefs must be from the Bible and the belief made from the Bible in this context of defining the church (since this is its product). As we go through this chapter you will see what the church really is. This is very important because it describes the church as it should be.


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5 Things That Bring Unity To The Church

I’ve come to believe that instead of being a bunch of churches separated by music style or building, God sees one bride and one city church.

In my experience, we are a divided, fighting, graceless, defensive mess. If your facebook news feed is anything like mine you cannot ignore the Mark Driscoll and Mars Hill Church controversy that has everyone choosing sides. I do not believe that we should forsake truth or stop defending the oppressed for the sake of unity, but it is my belief that there is a deep problem that exists in our city that is larger than a single worship center or preacher. And unless we seek radical change, the disunity will continue for the Church of Seattle.


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N.T. Wright Says Disunity Is The Major Problem With Western Christianity

In this 3 minute video, N.T Wright gives his perspective that the main problem the Western Church faces is a lack of unity.

What do you think? Is he right, wrong, or something else? Is there another matter you would contend is more significant? Let us know in the comments below… (more…)

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How To Spot A Religious Person

Randy Bohlender explains how a person with a religious spirit is someone who is hellbent on division.

They want to differentiate between your faith and theirs, and of course, theirs comes out on top. They need to delineate differences, they’re driven to accentuate distinctions rather than commonalities, and when they’ve decimated those on the edge of the herd, they’ll turn on one another.


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What Evangelicals Can Learn From Catholics

The idea of Evangelicals learning from Catholics is not really a novel one. Many Evangelical missionaries study the history of Catholic missions to improve the effectiveness of their own missionary activity. Some Evangelicals, obeying St. Paul’s dictum to “test everything; hold on to what is good,” even study the writings of John Paul II on the theology of the body.

Although there are many treasures within the Catholic Church, the two that Evangelicals might find most beneficial are liturgical worship and an emphasis on unity.


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