Let’s Elevate Unity to the Level of Doctrine

GodReflection: Let’s Elevate Unity to the Level of Doctrine.

aboutI find it strange in light of Jesus’ teachings by word and example how little emphasis His church places on the importance of unity.

The Apostle John got it.

Finally, learning from his own mistakes he understood. John, an apostle of Jesus’ inner circle described himself as the one whom Jesus loved. The apostle found love to be a synonym for Jesus.

John records Jesus prediction of Jews and Samaritans uniting in worship. John spends an entire chapter to record Jesus declaration of being the vine that unites and sustains the branches.  John writes down the unity prayer of Jesus that I might know his desire for me and all believers.  John reports Jesus affirmation of unity among the Father, the Son, and the Spirit.

As churches grow toward maturity in Corinth, Ephesus, Philippi, and Colossae, the Apostle Paul circulated letters among new believers teaching the importance of maintaining unity in the churches.

I would argue that love serves as a synonym for unity.  Every writer of the New Testament newtestament4stresses the importance of Jesus’ love and the imperative of believers connecting to his love as a conduit to share that same love (unity) with others.

Now, permit me to give an opinion on where the tires grab the pavement in the 21st century.

As a fellow Christian there are times when it is easier to latch onto a statement in the Letters—not understanding the exact context of the 1st century church—and raise my conclusion up the church flagpole as unquestionable doctrine.

I shuffled those who disagree with me to the outside. The unity of the fellowship breaks. It is far too easy to relegate unity to the backseat of Jesus’ church. Unity becomes unattainable.

Isn’t it time to recognize unity as a New Testament doctrine taught and modeled by Jesus and advocated by every New Testament author?

Stay tuned.

Dr. Gary J. Sorrells – Reflecting on Cross Church


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About Dr. Gary Sorrells

From birth to death, I am God-wired. My body is not as energized as in earlier times, yet as my soul runs toward the finish line it carries a dream. I want to give glory to God by writing. Only now is the timing right to lean hard into this gift from God. For the first time in life, the totality of my God walk with family, the church, academic training, work experience, life scars, and accrued wisdom, provides value to share through the written word. It is as if all of the trails of life are crossing at this point. My formal education includes the B.A., M.A. and the Doctor of Ministry degrees in Bible from Abilene Christian University. Between 1980 and 2011, I worked with the Non-Profit entity, Great Cities Missions. I currently serve as Director Emeritus and as a member of the Board of Trustees. -Gary J Sorrells Gary@GodReflection.org

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