Pastorís Column

Thursday, February 1, 2018

Psalm 133:1 Behold, how good and how pleasant it is For brethren to dwell together in unity!

The dictionary defines unity as the state of forming a complete and pleasing whole. Synonyms for unity are harmony, accord, cooperation, collaboration, agreement, consensus and solidarity.

I had the privilege this past Friday to experience the power of unity. A local church opened their doors to the body of Christ for an evening of praise and worship. Believers from any and all local churches were welcome. There were musicians and singers from four or five local churches and another praise team I believe from Texas.

In any event the music was heavenly. The service lasted for more than three hours and many of the 250 or more attendees would have been fine if it went even later.

I carefully observed the participants initial reserve. After awhile through surrender to the Spirit a supernatural oneness quelled any concerns of supposed differences. I witnessed the power of unity that defied denominational differences.

I canít help but wonder about the release of power that would be available to reach the lost if the church would simply unite in proclaiming the life changing redemption message of salvation through faith in Jesus Christ

instead of magnifying our man made differences.

In John 17:20-21 Jesus prays for oneness among all believers which covers all churches: ďI do not pray for these alone, but also for those who will believe in me through their word; 21 that they all may be one, as you, Father, are in me, and I in you; that they also may be one in us, that the world may believe that you sent me.

Church unity produces an awareness to the world of the power of God within his church to radically change the world in which we live.

John 17:20-23 (NKJV) Jesus prays for all believers from all churches. 20 ďI do not pray for these alone, but also for those who will believe in me through their word; 21 that they all may be one, as you, Father, are in me, and I in you; that they also may be one in us, that the world may believe that you sent me. 22 And the glory which you gave me I have given them, that they may be one just as we are one: 23 I in them, and you in me; that they may be made perfect in one, and that the world may know that you have sent me, and have loved them as you have loved me.

Notice in Revelation 2-3 Jesus is Lord over the seven churches of Ephesus, (The Loveless Church) Smyrna, (The Persecuted Church) Pergamos, (The Compromising Church) Thyatira, (The Corrupt Church) Sardis, (The Dead Church) Philadelphia, (The Faithful Church) and Laodicea,(The Lukewarm Church). Jesus has to be Lord over all seven churches in order to issue commendations, criticisms, instructions and promises to each church.

As a pastor of Living Word Church for twenty two years, I would welcome the scrutiny of the Lord Jesus and be quick to make any necessary changes that he would deem necessary. And the one thing I would never want him to criticize me for is my lack of love and appreciation for the sister churches in our community. I will welcome the opportunity to link arms with all of my Christian co-laborers for the advancement of the gospel of my Lord Jesus Christ.