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E Pluribus What???

Take a look at any coin in your pocket. Somewhere on there it will say, “E Pluribus, Unum”. What does that mean, and what does that have to do with a service ministry?

Actually, it has a lot to do with it! According to Wikipedia, the phrase comes from the Latin meaning, “Out of Many, One”. Quoting further from the listing, "The traditionally understood meaning of the phrase was that out of many states (or colonies) emerge a single nation." The idea, unity from many people.

That concept should be extremely meaningful to the church. Why? Because it was so important to Jesus that He said unity among His believers would show people God:

20 “My prayer is not for them alone. I pray also for those who will believe in me through their message, 21 that all of them may be one, Father, just as you are in me and I am in you. May they also be in us so that the world may believe that you have sent me. 22 I have given them the glory that you gave me, that they may be one as we are one— 23 I in them and you in me—so that they may be brought to complete unity. Then the world will know that you sent me and have loved them even as you have loved me.” (John 17:20-23; NIV)

It will also bring followers of Jesus joy – “Behold, how good and how pleasant it is For brothers to dwell together in unity!” (Psalm133:1, NASB)

How does this look practically? Well, for one thing, it can be fun to serve together with folks from other congregations. Too often we can get caught up in squabbles over non-essentials to our Christian faith. That’s not to suggest that we shouldn’t vigorously defend the key doctrines of the faith, but how often is that really what we're arguing over? Isn’t it a better witness to see Christ-followers, from different places, backgrounds and races, serving together to show Jesus to the world?

And, we can get more accomplished if we work together. For a home repair ministry, like ours, construction specialists sometimes reside in different churches. We can handle more complex projects when we serve together.

For one example of many, in 2013, attendees from five different churches worked on a very large repair and painting project to help relieve a senior couple of a citation and a looming court date and fine. The churches were from different parts of town and crossed racial lines.

Together, we:

    Johnsons - Before and Adter 1
  • Removed gutters, replaced a lot of rotten wood and 1,000+ feet of wood siding
  • Pressure washed, primed as needed, and painted the whole house
  • Trimmed trees obstructing drivers’ vision & other miscellaneous items

Is there something that you dream of doing but can’t because you just don’t have the man- (or woman) power? Maybe reaching out to another Bible-believing church can help you make a bigger impact!