What Would a Unified Church Look Like?

In a world filled with divisions and differences, Christians are called to the counter cultural principle of being unified. The Bible teaches that we are one body in Christ (1 Corinthians 12:12), but it’s no secret that the Church has often been divided by denominations and personal preferences. God uses all things for His glory and is faithful even when we are faithless. So, despite our failures, He continues to work through us. Yet the Bible is very direct when it comes to the blessings of unity which begs the question: what would it look like if the Church were truly united?

A Unified Purpose

Imagine a Church where all believers, regardless of denominational backgrounds, come together with a common purpose: to love and serve God and others. This unity in purpose would transcend theological differences and petty disputes, focusing instead on spreading the message of salvation and living out Christ’s teachings. How much more of an impact could we have on the world if baptists and pentecostals alike joined forces to obey the great commission? Would there be less unreached people groups? More individuals reached and saved? Because the Bible asserts that unity commands a blessing (Psalm 133), it stands to reason that there are blessings we have not seen because of our disunity. 

Authentic Worship

In a united Church, worship would be marked by authenticity rather than rigid traditions. Believers from various backgrounds would bring their unique expressions of worship, creating a rich tapestry of praise that honors God’s diverse creation. If every tribe, tongue, and people group was created to worship Christ, doesn’t it stand to reason that every instrument, language, and form of worship will be represented in Heaven- from the most solemn hymn in a baptist american church to the most jubilant dancing from a tribe in Africa? Why then do we spend such time looking down upon those who worship differently than we do here and now? 

Breaking Down Denominational Barriers

In a unified Church the walls that separate denominations would crumble as Christians prioritize the essentials of faith over doctrinal differences. Instead of competing with one another, churches would collaborate, recognizing that each denomination has valuable insights and strengths to offer. This unity would foster a spirit of humility and a willingness to learn from one another. 

In The Heavenly Man, Brother Yun details that exact exchange. For years, the underground Christians in China dwelled in glorious unity despite persecution. Eventually, as more Christian missionaries poured in bringing extra biblical material with them, the believers broke down into factions splitting on denominational differences.

Prioritizing Unity

The vision of a united Church, free from denominational divisions and personal preferences, is an inspiring one. It is a vision rooted in the teachings of Jesus Christ, who prayed for the unity of believers in John 17:21, saying, “that all of them may be one, Father, just as you are in me and I am in you.” While achieving such unity may seem challenging, we know that in Christ, all things are possible. 

Are you willing to love and work with those who believe slightly differently than you do? Can you lay down secondary issues to join forces with other believers for the shared mission of fulfilling the great commission? If you can not or will not, perhaps it is time to embrace humility and ask God to soften the hardness of your heart. 

Unity in the Church is not just a vision worth dreaming about; it’s the very standard Christ called us too. We must pursue it violently if ever we want to stand before Jesus, His unified bride.

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We believe the Scriptures, both the Old and New Testaments, are inspired by God and are the revelation of God to man, the infallible, authoritative rule of faith and conduct. (2 Timothy 3:15-17, 1 Peter 1:21)

We believe that there is one God, eternally existent who has revealed Himself as embodying the principles of relationship and association as Father, Son and Holy Spirit. (Deuteronomy 6:4, Luke 3:22)

We believe in the deity of our Lord Jesus Christ, in His virgin birth, in His sinless life, in His miracles, in His atoning death through His shed blood, in His bodily resurrection, in His ascension to the right hand of the Father where He intercedes for us, in His present rule as Head of the Church, and in His personal return in power and glory. (Matthew 1:23, Luke 1:31)

We believe in the creation of mankind in God’s image, and the fall of man, resulting in universal guilt and total depravity; and the necessity, therefore, of redemption and restoration; that all men and women are lost spiritually and face the judgment of God, that Jesus Christ is the only way of salvation, and that repentance of sin and faith in Jesus Christ is necessary for regeneration by the Holy Spirit. (Genesis 1:26-27, Genesis 2:17)

We believe salvation is received through repentance toward God and faith toward the Lord Jesus Christ. By the washing of regeneration and renewing of the Holy Spirit, being justified by grace through faith, man becomes an heir of God, according to the hope of eternal life. (Luke 24:47, John 3:3)

We believe in the resurrection of both the saved and the lost; the saved unto the resurrection of eternal life in the presence of our Lord, and the lost unto the resurrection of damnation and eternal punishment. (Matthew 25:46, Mark 9:43-48)

We believe in the spiritual unity of believers in our Lord Jesus Christ and that all true believers are members of His body, the Church, which has the duty to preach the Gospel to every person. (Ephesians 1:22-23, Ephesians 2:22)

We believe that we must dedicate ourselves to prayer, to the service of our Lord, to His authority over our lives, and to the ministry of teaching, preaching, the prophetic, the apostolic, and evangelism. (Ephesians 4:11-13)

We believe in upholding the ordinances of the church of water baptism and holy communion.

The ordinance of baptism by immersion is commanded by the Scriptures. All who repent and believe in Christ as Savior and Lord are to be baptized. Thus, they declare to the world that they have died with Christ and that they also have been raised with Him to walk in newness of life. (Matthew 28:19, Mark 16:16, Acts 10:47,48, Romans 6:4)

The Lord’s Supper, consisting of the elements—bread and the fruit of the vine—, is the symbol expressing our sharing the divine nature of our Lord Jesus Christ (2 Peter 1:4), a memorial of His suffering and death (1 Corinthians 11:26), and a prophecy of His second coming (1 Corinthians 11:26), and is enjoined on all believers “till He comes!”