11 For I long to see you, that I may impart to you some spiritual gift to strengthen you— 12 that is, that we may be mutually encouraged by each other's faith, both yours and mine.
It is amazing how far we have wandered from the model of love. When skin colour, age, economical status and everything else which is insignificant hinders the way of Christian unity - this is evil! The Church is one - with us or without, we can't change its identity, for we are either in Christ or not!
1. God - There is one God, who exists eternally in three distinct but equal persons: the Father, the Son, and the Holy Spirit. God is unchangeable in his holiness, justice, wisdom and love. He is the almighty Creator; Saviour and Judge who sustains and governs all things according to his sovereign will for his own glory.
2. The Bible - God has revealed himself in the Bible, which consists of the Old and New Testaments alone. Every word was inspired by God through human authors, so that the Bible as originally given is in its entirety the Word of God, without error and fully reliable in fact and doctrine. The Bible alone speaks with final authority and is always sufficient for all matters of belief and practice.
3. The Human Race - All men and women, being created in the image of God, have inherent and equal dignity and worth. Their greatest purpose is to obey, worship and love God. As a result of the fall of our first parents, every aspect of human nature has been corrupted and all men and women are without spiritual life, guilty sinners and hostile to God. Every person is therefore under the just condemnation of God and needs to be born again, forgiven and reconciled to God in order to know and please him.
4. The Lord Jesus Christ - The Lord Jesus Christ is fully God and fully man. He was conceived by the Holy Spirit, born of a virgin, and lived a sinless life in obedience to the Father. He taught with authority and all his words are true. On the cross he died in the place of sinners, bearing God’s punishment for their sin, redeeming them by his blood. He rose from the dead and in his resurrection body ascended into heaven where he is exalted as Lord of all. He intercedes for his people in the presence of the Father.
5. Salvation - Salvation is entirely a work of God’s grace and cannot be earned or deserved. It has been accomplished by the Lord Jesus Christ and is offered to all in the gospel. God in his love forgives sinners whom he calls, granting them repentance and faith. All who believe in Christ are justified by faith alone, adopted into the family of God and receive eternal life.
6. The Holy Spirit - The Holy Spirit has been sent from heaven to glorify Christ and to apply his work of salvation. He convicts sinners, imparts spiritual life and gives a true understanding of the Scriptures. He indwells all believers, brings assurance of salvation and produces increasing likeness to Christ. He builds up the Church and empowers its members for worship, service and mission.
7. The Church - The universal Church is the body of which Christ is the head and to which all who are saved belong. It is made visible in local churches, which are congregations of believers who are committed to each other for the worship of God, the preaching of the Word, the administering of Baptism and the Lord’s Supper; for pastoral care and discipline, and for evangelism. The unity of the body of Christ is expressed within and between churches by mutual love, care and encouragement. True fellowship between churches exists only where they are faithful to the gospel.
8. Baptism and the Lord’s Supper - Baptism and the Lord’s Supper have been given to the churches by Christ as visible signs of the gospel. Baptism is a symbol of union with Christ and entry into his Church but does not impart spiritual life. The Lord’s Supper is a commemoration of Christ’s sacrifice offered once for all and involves no change in the bread and wine. All its blessings are received by faith.
9. The Future - Baptism and the Lord’s Supper have been given to the churches by Christ as visible signs of the gospel. Baptism is a symbol of union with Christ and entry into his Church but does not impart spiritual life. The Lord’s Supper is a commemoration of Christ’s sacrifice offered once for all and involves no change in the bread and wine. All its blessings are received by faith.
We are not Ecumenical!
Churches Unite represents a team of international leaders who are committed to the unifying of church globally. We network churches and envision them to work beyond their boundaries by being an encouragement and support to their ministries.
We serve the local church as an instrument in accomplishing the equipping, edifying and empowering of the Saints for the works of ministry. We focus on providing theological training freely so to assist the leaders at local churches to become skilful servants of God.
We promote accountability and transparency that all churches should be managed well and not be conducted as one's own personal enterprise.
We highlight the needs for risk assessments and proper policy implementation for the organisations so to safeguard the vulnerable in our congregations.
We believe in the spiritual mutual impartation of ministers especially those who are elders to visit and encourage churches and to spend time in the homes of ministers, so to stir up gifting for the edifying of the Saints.
We understand that leadership can be a lonely walk especially if you are in remote areas, the need to share and pray with somebody other than your congregation is comforting. Churches Unite provides that fellowship and support network to get you through the dry patches in your ministry.
We also provide a conflict mediation service to our churches, pastors and congregations. Our network of matured elders are willing to mediate and serve as peacemakers.
We are adamant that if God has given a vision to the individual churches within our network - we do not meddle, we equip, edify, and empower but in no way do we seek to control or interfere.
We are not a bank, we do not give loans or provide finances for projects. However we could assist in budgeting, business ideas and demonstrate ways to correspond to debtors.
We do we do?
Churches Unite represents a team of leaders internationally who are committed to the church as God’s instrument in accomplishing the equipping, edifying and empowering of the Saints for the works of ministry. We focus on providing theological training freely so to assist the local churches leaders to become skilful servants of God.
God's Purpose of unity from the very beginning of creation God's purpose was that the entire human race would be united in fellowship under his good rule of love and blessing. Unity in the Gospel Christian unity is established through the Gospel. If we are to find common cause with other believers, it will be partnership on the basis of a shared commitment to the Gospel.
These New Testament teachings require us to stand apart from those who would deny the core truths of the gospel, whether implicitly or expressly. We are urged to maintain spiritual unity, in the face of differences of belief and practice which are not essential to the Gospel. Our Doctrinal Basis affirms that true fellowship between churches exists only where they are faithful to the gospel.
The gospel of salvation by grace is so precious to us that we desire to stand together with all who believe and preach it. We are unable to affiliate formally to groups which exist to express unity between churches naming Jesus as Lord, but without concern as to whether they hold to the core doctrines of the gospel as expressed in our Doctrinal Basis. There are many opportunities for us to find common cause with others, if these do not compromise our distinctive testimony to the Gospel. The churches of Churches Unite are committed to these truths of historic, biblical Christianity.
11 And he gave the apostles, the prophets, the evangelists, the shepherds and teachers, 12 to equip the saints for the work of ministry, for building up the body of Christ, 13 until we all attain to the unity of the faith and of the knowledge of the Son of God
And while staying with them he ordered them not to depart from Jerusalem, but to wait for the promise of the Father, which, he said, “you heard from me; 5 for John baptized with water, but you will be baptized with] the Holy Spirit not many days from now.”
CHURCH IS NOT UNIFORMITY BUT DIVERSITY IN ONE