Tuesday, August 29, 2006

A Prayer for Unity


Photo By: Alex Luskin

Have you ever pictured a conversation among members of the trinity? What would they say to each other?

Here’s an example from a part of one of the last prayers of Jesus’ life:
"I do not ask for [my disciples] only, but also for those who will believe in me through their word, that they may all be one, just as you, Father, are in me, and I in you, that they also may be in us, so that the world may believe that you have sent me."
Is your church seeking to have an effect on your community? Do you want to be relevant to newcomers? Do you hope to use media and technology for God’s glory and the advance of the gospel of Jesus Christ?

Know this: unity among Christians is critical to all effective ministry to non-Christians.

Haven’t you found this to be true? Don’t unbelievers frequently justify dismissal of the gospel by the fact that Christians have so many denominations and so little agreement?

And not only non-Christians are affected. Don’t believers frequently leave churches because – after getting involved – they find a culture of unresolved disagreement, bitterness, and apathy toward resolution?

People that serve with media and technology are not impervious to temptations toward bitterness and disunity. We operate in a subjective, cultural, and preferential arena. Opportunities for disagreement between team members, pastors, musicians, or church members lie on the other side of any decision.

How can we participate with the Spirit in affecting the world by seeking unity despite a diversity of opinions?

That’s the question that Joshua Harris attempted to answer this weekend in his message on 1 Corinthians 1:10-17. I’ll be applying some of his points to media ministry throughout this week.

Here are my initial stabs at titles for this week’s posts:
  • Disagreement – What Next?
  • Playing Favorites
  • Unearthing Bitterness
As we go into this series, let's join Christ in praying that unity would define our churches individually and the church universal.

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