The one thing that can unify a church

“I appeal to you, brothers, in the name of our Lord Jesus Christ, that all of you agree with one another so that there may be no divisions among you and that you may be perfectly united in mind and thought.” (1 Corinthians 1:10)

Nice idea.

Would love to watch that Kirk Cameron movie.

But how IN THE WORLD is that ever supposed to become reality in the Church today?

  • How is that supposed to happen within the global collection of Christians from all around the world, speaking different languages, practicing different customs and traditions?
  • How is it supposed to happen among several hundred or several thousand members within a local expression of the church?
  • How is it even reality to think church leaders in the same church, who come from a variety of backgrounds and faith experiences, can be ‘perfectly united in mind and thought’?

Especially in a cultural moment like ours right now, where every post and idea and thought quickly polarizes, offends, and antagonizes?

If I’m just being honest (which I’m really trying to be), to me today – this all definitely feels like wishful thinking. Frankly, this verse was pretty frustrating to look at this morning.

But then I found something that started to put the pieces together for me…

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A List Of Names Ministry Leaders Should Keep

many times in ministry (or in life in general) it’s easy to focus on the negative & frustrating issues at hand… and i know why that is – because they’re usually problems under our leadership that need a response from us.  but i love what paul says in philippians 3:17-18.  i was reading through the chapter this morning and it was one of those things that jumped out at me anew even though it’s a passage i’ve ready many times.

“Join with others in following my example, brothers, and take note of those who live according to the pattern we gave you. For, as I have often told you before and now say again even with tears, many live as enemies of the cross of Christ.”

it’s almost like paul is challenging us today to start a new running list of the names of people touched by our ministries that are doing well and walking closely with God.  to look at those names and read through them periodically.  to be encouraged that it’s not all hopeless.  that not all reject the claims of Jesus, but that some have embraced them and are living for Him.

sometimes i think if we focused more on the positive things God is doing we’d be more encouraged to press on through the difficult times.