incredible unity.

Debates rage (an interesting irony) over how many Christian belief groups, separated by their differences in belief and practice, exist in the world. A report issued by the Center for the Study of Global Christianity at Gordon-Conwell Theological Seminary estimated 43,000 in 2012. These numbers have exploded from 1600 in the year 1900.

While these differences do not always indicate division and disunity, that is how it is perceived by the world. Christians can’t get along.

In order to counteract that impression, there must be intentional and successful efforts at the local, regional and national level to pursue and display unity among Christians.

•Imagine churches in your town getting together for some never-before-done, city-wide campaign that is so creative and effective it stuns your community and attracts widespread media attention.

•Imagine a new “Billy Graham” being raised up in our nation who is so respected, articulate and humble that he or she is able to bring Christians together and help them speak as one voice into our culture.

•Imagine some “kissing cousin” denominations who are very closely aligned with each other doctrinally and historically choosing to join together and form a new denomination.

•Imagine three or four local churches deciding to restructure and combine in order to worship together weekly.

What else can you imagine?

(John 17:20-23) “My prayer is not for them alone. I pray also for those who will believe in me through their message, that all of them may be one, Father… May they be brought to complete unity to let the world know that you sent me and have loved them even as you have loved me.”

PRAYER: Dear Lord, it is hard to imagine this kind of incredible unity ever happening before we all get to heaven. However, since Jesus taught us to pray “Thy will be done on earth as it is in heaven,” and since He prayed this to be done as a witness to people on earth, it must be possible for it to happen on earth. So I ask in the name of Jesus and for the sake of our witness to His deity that You will do whatever it takes in our minds, hearts and circumstances to move us to take unifying action in our church and community. Amen.