Christ, through the church, is leading each of us to a collective future. One where we are unified around Jesus, maturing in our faith, and growing up to become just like Him.
The practice of baptism is a beautiful portrait of salvation. Putting on full display the work of Jesus Christ in his death, burial, and resurrection. At the same time it is the moment when a person unites themselves to Christ’s saving work, having their sins washed away and raised to walk in a new life.
Faith has become an intensely private matter, yet Scripture speaks to faith being bigger than the individual. There is one faith, shared by many. This can strengthen us, unite us, and motivate us to journey towards our eternal home.
The Lordship of Jesus is a universal reality. It is first difficult for us to come to terms with, but once we submit, His lordship becomes delightful.
The unity of the church is built upon the reality that all believers now share one Spirit. The Spirit of God at work in His people leads us to truth, in sanctification, and ultimately to receive the love of Christ. We are sure that we, as God’s children, have the Spirit working in us because of God’s promise found in God’s scripture. We must grow in and be led by the Spirit through feasting on His Word.
There is an eternal truth regarding the body of Jesus Christ, the church – There is only one. The failing of mankind to obey this truth doesn’t diminish its reality. We are called to be one body, under one head. This takes clarity on the doctrine as well as commitment to the practice.
Christian unity is first a gift we receive from our Father and then it is a goal we seek to attain. This demands we understand both our responsibility to God and to each other in pursuit of Christ honoring unity.