Monday, March 12, 2018

A Purpose Driven Life - Chapter 21

A Purpose Driven Life Chapter 21 - Unity of the Church

Unity of the body of Christ is crucial - image of light streaming through church windowChapter Overview: Rick writes that the unity of the church and preserving that unity is crucial to
our life and growth as Christians - both individually and collectively. He calls the act of leaving one church for another 'divorcing' the church. And his church makes all members sign a commitment to preserve church unity (I don't remember exactly how it was worded). Rick also mentions that the unity of the church is one of the key themes of the New Testament with Jesus praying about it on the garden of Gethsemany and Paul spending a lot of time talking about it as well. Rick recalls the steps from the previous chapter about restoring fellowship.

2011 (40 years old)

It makes me think about what we did at harvest and how I felt about it. It also makes me consider the story Paul shared at small group last night in reference to Andrea staying that she feels ROVC was built especially for her  - how the church almost didn't get built and the leadership were told they needed to build starting by 2005 or risk losing it all.

2016 (45 years old)

It is my responsibility to protect the unity of my church. What am I doing personally to protect the unity in my church family right now?  I'm not listening to gossip or giving credence to thoughts that would try and criticize. I'm trying to support my pastors and elders. I need to focus on what we have in common, and encourage rather than criticize.

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