Models of Unity

Ron Hamilton, Conference Minister

I was privileged to speak at the 75th anniversary celebration at our annual gathering this summer.  In the spirit of the theme, “Forward Together”, I shared a message from Ephesians 4:1-6

1 Therefore I, the prisoner in the Lord, urge you to walk worthy of the calling you have received, with all humility and gentleness, with patience, bearing with one another in love, making every effort to keep the unity of the Spirit through the bond of peace. There is one body and one Spirit—just as you were called to one hope at your calling— one Lord, one faith, one baptism, one God and Father of all, who is above all and through all and in all.

These words help us understand some important things about unity among believers.  First, unity is an expectation, not an exception.  We are called to maintain unity, not create it.

Also, unity reflects the character of God.  We believe in “one God, eternally existent in three persons: Father, Son and Holy Spirit.”  Deuteronomy 6:4 reminds us.

 Hear, O Israel: The Lord our God, the Lord is one.

In John 17:20-21, we read Jesus’ prayer for his disciples.

“My prayer is not for them alone. I pray also for those who will believe in me through their message, that all of them may be one, Father, just as you are in me, and I am in you. May they also be in us so that the world may believe that you have sent me.

A broken world is drawn to the One True God and His Only Son through the unified witness of those who are followers of Jesus.

I concluded my message by sharing that the leaders of the CCCC work to model this teaching.  Every time we meet for face-to-face meetings, we begin with a time of reflection on God’s Word.  We take time to share our praises and requests and take time to pray for one another.  We are united in heart and soul before we begin to do the business of the Conference.  Thus, every decision that is made flows from a common spirit and vision.  From that, our ministry is guided by the Lord in one direction and entrusted to us who seek His face together.

I encourage you to find ways that you can model this in your life and ministry.  Build the unity of your leadership before you consider any part of the business of the ministry.  Seek the unity of the Spirit in your family as you relate to your spouse, children, and extended family.  Be at peace with your friends and neighbors and help them experience the love and grace of God.  The Lord will use these efforts to extend His Kingdom work through you.

To watch the video message of all of the plenary speakers, you can view them HERE

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