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July 8, 2013

“Unity is important. Unity is critical.”[1]

Church unity. What is that exactly? Church unity is when a church can function as a single entity despite the plurality of its members. Does this mean everyone agrees on every point of theology and its application? That is not possible. It is when a church can agree on the bare essentials of their faith and the church rallies around that theology as its grounding point.

Many frivolous things disrupt churches these days. Arguments over chairs or pews, contemporary music or old style hymns, NIV or King James Version are the things which have destroyed churches over the past decade. These things have stolen the show from the essentials – the death, burial, and resurrection of Jesus.

It would behoove churches to restate what their essentials are and then rally the church behind them. Let the church get excited about it. If there are people in the church with differences with nonessentials, that is acceptable. Embrace that and allow others to see that is acceptable, even normal, if handled in a healthy way. These are teaching opportunities.

What are the essentials you are building unity upon?

[1] Thom S. Rainer. I Am a Church Member: Discovering the Attitude that Makes the Difference. Nashville, TN: B&H Publishing, 2013. 22

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