Pastor Joynt's Devotionals

Day 35: Unity

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JOHN 17:23

 

The verbs Jesus uses for achieving unity in our passage are continuous verbs. We become one over time, in an ongoing intentional process. This process includes dispute resolution, as we see in Acts 15. It includes dealing with differences of viewpoint, as Paul and Barnabas did in the early stages of the church’s mission, over strategy and direction. It means identifying things that create inequality, as when Greek widows received treatment inferior to Jewish ones. Oneness is a task as well as a spiritual gift, in church life and personal life.

 

What obstacles to unity exist at VPC?

Do you have ideas for overcoming these obstacles?

Pray for deep unity here.

 

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Day 34: Unity

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JOHN 17:23

 

The oneness Jesus prays for crosses the barriers the world erects to connection and community. The ancient world was in shock to see men and women together, Jesus and non-Jews together, rich and poor together, slaves and free together. The early Christian community was a unique phenomena in a time when ties to the local clan, racial grouping, and social status defined and separated people. As Jesus hoped, this was a unique and powerful witness to the Greco-Roman world. In an age when charity stopped with tribe and class and ethnic group, the new oneness of the church was revolutionary. This kind of oneness is still rare and powerful today.

 

Who was your first friend that was radically different than yourself?

Who do you connect with now that is different from you?

 

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