Unity vs Division

Do you and I live in the “divided states” or the United States? Every other phone call this week is from a political candidate who is touting his record and discounting his opponents, even though they are in the same political party. Politics divide people. Religion does too!

Christian Unity Week is this week and Dr. Wren and I, along with others from our church, attended some of the services throughout our community. It was wonderful to be in a Presbyterian church with an AME minister delivering the sermon or in a catholic church where a protestant minister gave the homily. Attending were people from every denomination, ethnic background and economic strata. It truly was the church as described in Revelation where every nation is gathered to praise God.

This Sunday in adult Sunday Morning Bible Study we are examining some breakthrough passages in which Peter realizes that Christ came for everyone. Jesus “does not show favoritism”  and all who believe “will receive forgiveness”(Acts 10). As Christians we must be united in our zeal to share the Gospel and not divided by denominational or church rituals to the point that we are all ineffective in reaching a lost world.

The lesson is couched in Peter’s visit to Corneilus, a Roman centurion, who loved God but did not have the full revelation of Jesus Christ. God showed Peter that he must rid himself of  his nationalistic/racial prejudice and be missional with everyone. Peter had to let go of rituals that blinded him to the far-reaching love and forgiveness of Jesus.

As you prepare for Sunday, read Acts 10 in its entirety and think about how God wants you to communicate His love to others.

Things to Think About and Ponder:

What causes divisions among Christians?
How can we work through these divisions?
Are there rituals or habits that you repeat religiously and have lost their meaning?
With whom does Jesus want you to share the Gospel?
What barriers do you need to cross so you can be an effective witness?


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