We ARE One

We ARE one today.  As Christians, as churches, we ARE one.  We are part of the same body. We are brothers and sisters. We are family.  We are.  We aren’t given another choice or option today.   We are one.

Even if we don’t like each other.  Even if we don’t agree with each other.  Even if we have different worship styles.  Or views of communion or baptism or church structure or any of these things.  We are one.

Listen to what it says today in 1 Corinthians 12: 12-14:

For just as the body is one and has many members, and all the members of the body, though many, are one body, so it is with Christ. For in one Spirit we were all baptized into one body—Jews or Greeks, slaves or free—and all were made to drink of one Spirit. For the body does not consist of one member but of many.

2013-01-27-one-bodyPaul writes – “and all the members of the body, though many, are one body, so it is with Christ.”  So is it with Christ.  We are one.

Now, it’s ok to have different views.  To say we are one isn’t to say that we always agree with each other.  Or like the same thing.  Or view it the same way.  But it means this. We are family.  We are on the same side.  We are on the same team.  We have the same goal.  We have the same purpose.

We have the same Lord, and are made to drink of the same spirit.

As John Wesley said “If your heart beats with my heart in love and loyalty to Christ, give me your hand.”

We are family.  So, let’s stop fussing with each other.  Let’s support each other as churches and as individuals.  Let’s show the world the love of Christ, by first loving each other.

We are one.  Really.  Lets love in that way.

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One Church

There is only one church.

Now this church will have a variety of locations. And denominations. And worship styles. And theology. And opinions. And preferences. And visions.

But there is only one church.

Now this church my rural. Or urban. Or suburban.

This church may be made of older member. Or younger members.

This church may worship to “rock” music. Or the church may worship to “organ” music.

But there is only one church.

Listen to what Paul says today in 1 Corinthians 12: 4-7:

Now there are varieties of gifts, but the same Spirit; and there are varieties of service, but the same Lord; and there are varieties of activities, but it is the same God who empowers them all in everyone. To each is given the manifestation of the Spirit for the common good.

There are many gifts. Many services. But the same Lord. There many activities. But the same God that empowers them.

The Spirit is given for the common good.

Today, there is one church. Now that church may be Baptist, or Methodist, or Catholic, or Non-Denominational, or . . . . .

These labels don’t matter. There is one God. And we are His church.

Today, no matter what church we belong to, remember, there is one church.

And may we together work for the common calling of taking Jesus Christ’s love to the world.

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