Dear Brothers and Sisters in Christ,
On Sunday, January 28 we studied John 17:20-25 and discovered the source of our true unity is our supernatural nature mentioned in verse 21.
This is the same nature that Jesus shared with His father. We introduced the thought that spiritual unity is deeper than our practices, patterns, and preferences. Here is another article that may give you additional insight on how to communicate with others in our congregation and the greater church at large. May God use his to help equip you in your walk and work in ministry.
Growing In Christ, Pastor Gene
In Essential Unity, In Non-Essentials Liberty, In All Things Charity by Dr. Mark E. Ross
Philip Schaff, the distinguished nineteenth-century church historian, calls the saying in our title “the watchword of Christian peacemakers” (History of the Christian Church, vol. 7, p. 650). Often attributed to great theologians such as Augustine, it comes from an otherwise undistinguished German Lutheran theologian of the early seventeenth century, Rupertus Meldenius. The phrase occurs in a tract on Christian unity written (circa 1627) during the Thirty Years War (1618–1648), a bloody time in European history in which religious tensions played a significant role. The saying has found great favor among subsequent writers such as Richard Baxter, and has since been adopted as a motto by the Moravian Church of North America and the Evangelical Presbyterian Church. Might it serve us well as a motto for every church and for every denomination today?
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