Continuing with the prayer of Jesus, John 17:20-23 in which the Lord presents His petition to the Father for unity of believers with one another, with Himself, and with the Father
- Christian unity is based on our shared life in Jesus Christ.
- Christian unity is based on our shared life through faith in Christ through the apostolic witness to Him.
- Christian unity is important because it is a major factor in our witness to the world.
- Christian unity is expressed by believers' common love and common mission.
- God did not get a prize when he took me. He didn't get one when he took you, either.
We must not compromise the essential elements of the gospel. They are belief in
- the triune God, Father, Son, and Holy Spirit
- the total divinity and the total humanity of Jesus Christ
- the crucifixion and the resurrection of Jesus
- the Second Coming of Christ
- salvation only by God's grace through faith.
Man has done his best to thwart Christ's prayer. The Christian must pray as He did, follow in his footsteps.
- We should be praying for unity in the Body of Christ.
- Pray for individuals and organizations who are stepping out and doing what God commanded in terms of unity without compromising essential biblical truth.
- Pray for other believers in your world who are living for Christ in their world.
- Finally, ask God to use you as a vessel in your local church, in your family, and in your world to be a person who builds unity rather than dissension.
Think others have quills? You have quills, too.
Guest speaker Rob Cochrane