Tag Archive: unity

Jun 19

Church Identity

When we think about church unity we need to be clear on what the church is. My understanding of the church is a community of sinful people saved by God who strive to continue Christ ‘s mission in the world. If we see the identity of the church in terms of (1) a community of …

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Jun 19

The Church as denomination

A difficulty we have in understanding church identity is that denominations refer to themselves as churches. Even the Roman Catholic Church, from the orthodox and protestant points of view, is just another denomination. Denominations are essentially organisations of like-minded local churches that provide such things as corporate structure, cohesiveness, and pooled resources for the member …

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Jun 19

Another Gospel

Sometimes pastors say that they will not associate with another church because they are “preaching another gospel”. This is a reference to Paul’s warning to avoid any gospel other than the one that he preached (Rom 16:25; 2 Cor 11:4; Gal 1:6, 9; 2 Tim 2:8). It should be noticed that in these passages Paul …

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Jun 19

Cooperation

Churches cooperating in mission is a good thing, it is a promising start on the road to church unity, but it should not be thought of as a sufficient goal in itself. Tolerance between churches is not what Jesus had in mind for his universal church. It is not sufficient to say that your church …

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Jun 19

The Lowest Common Denominator

Some think of the church unity movement as a search for a lowest common denominator doctrinal statement as if there is some minimum set of beliefs that makes one a Christian. This is the approach of compromise. The ecumenical movement is not about compromise, but truth. We must each honestly admit that we, and the …

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