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Unity - Why We Serve with Many Denominations

You may have noticed that Home Repairs Ministries (HRM) seems to put a high value on getting the Body of Christ together. Some of that is based on this passage from Ephesians chapter 4: 1 I therefore, a prisoner for the Lord, urge you to walk in a manner worthy of the calling to which you have been called, 2 with all humility and gentleness, with patience, bearing with one another in love, 3 eager to maintain the unity of the Spirit in the bond of peace. 4 There is one body and one Spirit—just as you were called to the one hope that belongs to your call— 5 one Lord, one faith, one baptism, 6 one God and Father of all, who is over all and through all and in all. (English Standard Version)

The passage has a mind-boggling number of possible applications and mis-applications but here is what jumps out to me.

Serving TogetherVerse 2 addresses our attitude toward other believers (I read denominations, persuasions, etc.). It states that there is a unity of the Spirit. Gathering to serve is not the basis of unity, but is a result of it. We are to walk in a manner that maintains oneness and we should do it eagerly. Do you find joy in crossing the lines drawn between Christians? I have finally begun crossing lines after repenting for years of drawing lines.

The basis of the unity is the fact that Christians share the same:

  • Lord (Jesus) through faith in Him
  • Baptism through which we are identified with Him.
  • God and Father, the omnipresent Ruler who lives in His children through the Holy Spirit

That should be more than enough to maintain unity.

Churches serving togetherWhat about questions where we may disagree, such as when and how we baptize? Rather than disputing about ideas which are important, but which are not vital to our relationship with God, can’t we find our deep commonality in the cross of Christ? With that connectedness, we can move to the “Do’s” and find that God has called us to “...do justice, love mercy and walk humbly with our God” Micah 6:8. Those three phrases certainly draw us together, especially when we are humble with one another and with God.

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