Why is Biblical unity so difficult? Why do so many churches end up splitting apart, even churches comprised of Christians serious about following Jesus' teachings? This sad pattern is in stark contrast to early Christianity, where the church remained one for the first 200 years. Drawing on Scripture, examples from the early church, and his own spiritual journey and mistakes made, David identifies common problems that consistently lead to dividing the church. This hopeful message provides many gems to help restore Biblical unity and obliterate any sinful sectarian spirit within us.
[Lesson outline to be posted shortly]
The Scriptures call us to do two apparently contradictory things: 1) to become all things to all men, that we might by all means save some (1 Cor. 9:22), and 2) to keep ourselves unspotted from the world (James 1:27). Many churches focus on one command, while ignoring the other. One church is so relatable to the world, that it becomes indistinguishable from the world. Another church focuses on holiness and separation, but is ineffective converting lost souls. This lesson challenges us to follow all of Jesus' teachings as we strive to win a lost world with the same determination, commitment, and effectiveness of our Lord.
This opening devotional for our retreat was a call to open our eyes to the spiritual battle we are in, and to recognize that God's supernatural power is far greater than the power and authorities that oppose God. May we have the faith of Elisha and the righteousness described in Scripture, to see God's Kingdom advance in our lifetimes.
What a blessing to meet in Pennsylvania this past weekend with Christians from all different backgrounds (including Anabaptist, Restoration Movement, and evangelical Protestant). While a diverse group, we share the desire of putting into practice all the teachings of Jesus. This weekend began with the idea of getting a few families together, but took on a life of its own and grew into a gathering of over 100 people from across the country! May God use our time together to build greater Kingdom unity and to encourage each of us as followers of Jesus.