The picture above is one that I took of three different churches of three denominations (Non-Denom, Pentecostal, and Presbyterian), all meeting together in one room for a night of worship.
Over the last three weeks my church, Life Fellowship, has been doing a series called “One.” The church partnered with two other churches in the area, and rotated pastors. They preached messages from the head, the heart, and the hands, teaching us that we are called to be a united community.
The verse of the series was Ephesians 4: 1-6
“1 As a prisoner in the Lord, then, I urge you to walk in a manner worthy of the calling you have received: 2 with all humility and gentleness, with patience, bearing with one another in love, 3 and with diligence to preserve the unity of the Spirit through the bond of peace. 4 There is one body and one Spirit, just as you were called to one hope when you were called; 5 one Lord, one faith, one baptism; 6 one God and Father of all, who is over all and through all and in all.”
This series culminated in a night of worship that was held at Grace Covenant here in Cornelius. All three churches came together for one night of celebration together.
Wow. What a powerful night.
What a testimony to how Christians should view the world! We are ONE! We are one body with one singular objective: To save the lost and the hurting. Petty doctrinal differences should not get in the way of a united front against all that the world throws against us.
Christian or not, if you are reading this, you KNOW that we are constantly faced with life difficulties. When Christians and communities with differences can come together in a loving and unified front, what is there that we can’t accomplish? There is so much untapped power in community and togetherness and unity.
I was fired up at the service tonight. I felt filled with the possibilities… If the real world could see this then they would know the truth. The truth that the majority of Christians are not the judgmental people that the media would have you believe. We are people that can unite under one banner. We are not people that spend all their time arguing over petty differences.
I thought it was an amazing journey over the past 3 weeks. These three churches proved that churches can unite. We are one body that wants to make an impact in this world.
My thoughts during the service lead me to hope that this won’t be the end, that churches can continue to unite together and show God’s love in the community and the world at large. The way I see it? The church won’t survive these times unless we can do just that.
I am still blown away that this idea came forth into reality. To say we stand with Christ not only as one church, but as one body? Incredible. Stoked to be a part of it, and stoked for what the future holds.