The NEED for Unity in the body of Christ
Jesus passionately prayed that his followers would be one and “may be brought to complete unity” (John 17:21, 23 NIV). Why? “So that the world may believe that you have sent me,” he prayed (v. 21). Their unity was rooted in Christ’s own unity with the Father, an idea Paul picks up in his own writings about unity and oneness, for example Ephesians 4:4–6: “There is one body and one Spirit . . . one Lord, one faith, one baptism, one God and Father of all, who is over all and through all and in all.”
A unified church is one of the strongest evidence of the truth of the gospel. This is especially true in a world as fragmented and divisive as ours, where countercultural unity among diverse people stands out. When the rest of the world can’t seem to agree on anything or bear to be around people who are different, a church where natural enemies become siblings in Christ is a powerful alternative. Unity is a critical manifestation of a Spirit-empowered church. That’s why Paul told the Ephesian Christians to be “eager to maintain the unity of the Spirit in the bond of peace” (Eph. 4:3). It’s why he wrote to the Corinthians: “I appeal to you, brothers, by the name of our Lord Jesus Christ, that all of you agree, and that there be no divisions among you, but that you be united in the same mind and the same judgment” (1 Cor. 1:10). Where division might normally reign, unity should instead lead to an uncommon love, where believers listen to and bear with one another. “By this, all people will know that you are my disciples,” said Jesus, “if you have love for one another” (John 13:35).
Join us, as we explore the power of unity in the Kingdom of God, at our annual ‘Though we are many, yet we are one’ conference, from the 27th to the 31st of May.
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