• Paul’s Prayer for Harmony Devotional

    Romans 15:5-6

    Paul’s prayer for unity in the church based upon the truth of God’s Word and for the glory of Christ should be on our lips as well. How often do you pray for the peace and purity of the church around the world? How often do you pray for the peace and purity of your local body? Perhaps if we were all to pray more often for unity grounded in gospel essentials, we would see the Lord move to make this prayer a reality. View Resource

  • Christian Unity Devotional

    John 17

    Today the invisible church, consisting of all those who have true faith in Christ Jesus, is united in the Savior. In time, the visible church may be united once again as well, but true visible unity will occur only as professing believers study the Word of God together and refuse to compromise on the gospel. We should seek to build bridges with other professing believers where we can, but never at the expense of God’s truth. View Resource

  • Think This Way Devotional

    Philippians 3:15–16

    Because our Savior is the very truth of God (John 14:6), standing for the truth is an essential part of being a Christian. Yet that does not mean that we break fellowship over everything that we believe is the truth. There are secondary matters over which faithful Christians have differed for centuries, and these matters should never prevent us from working with other gospel-loving and gospel-affirming believers to reach the world for Christ. View Resource

  • Proving Our Salvation Devotional

    Philippians 2:1–2

    Scripture often warns the people of God about those who cause dissension for dissension’s sake — people who cause problems not because they stand firm for the truth but because they are factional and generally disagreeable (Titus 3:10–11). Those who behave in such a manner reveal hearts that do not know the Lord. If we are inclined to be divisive unnecessarily, we must repent of this sin, for in so doing we prove our salvation. View Resource

  • One Body, One Spirit, One Call Devotional

    Ephesians 4:4

    Although we all have different roles in the body of Christ, our call is the same — to live together in loving unity with other believers as we worship the Lord in the beauty of His holiness and proclaim the gospel to the world. When we consider our individual giftings, we should remember that while we have distinct vocations that contribute to the furtherance of God’s purposes, all of us have the same call and must support one another in fulfilling it. View Resource

  • The Fullness of Christ’s Love Devotional

    Ephesians 3:17b-19

    If earthly families cannot be unified without the understanding and pursuit of love, how can we possibly think that true love for other believers is optional in the promotion of Christian unity? We are called to meditate on the depth of Christ’s love for us that we might understand all that He gave up for us. In so doing, we become better established in love and more willing to surrender our own interests for the sake of unity in the body of Christ. View Resource

  • The Church Universal Devotional

    Hebrews 12:18-24

    Our great God has united us to Christ by His Spirit and has given us fellowship with every believer throughout the world. Praying regularly for the church in other places is a great way to evidence this fellowship and help develop a great love for Christians in other places. Let us take time each week to pray for Christians in other countries, asking the Lord to bless them and to help them take the gospel to their neighbors. View Resource

  • The Church is One Devotional

    John 17

    Are you concerned for the unity of the church? Although we can never compromise on the essential truths of the gospel, striving toward reconciliation with other believers and the unity of the faith, both invisible and visible, is a commendable goal. Practical ways that our unity in Christ Jesus can be demonstrated include Christian conferences, community prayer meetings or Bible studies with other evangelical believers, and more. View Resource

  • The Church Is Holy Devotional

    Ephesians 1:1

    The holiness of the church universal should make us take our membership in local congregations seriously. Were we to be convinced of the church’s holiness, we would not casually drift from one denomination to another. We would understand that to leave a church for reasons other than doctrine, distance, or to accept a call to service manifests a questioning of that church’s holiness, which is something we must not do lightly if God has said His church is holy. View Resource

  • Twisting the Truth Devotional

    Acts 20:7–35

    Paul in Romans 14 urged the toleration of those who in error felt it was wrong to eat what they thought was unclean. If this is so, should we not also tolerate those who disagree with us over issues such as the method of baptism or the millennial reign of Christ, especially when it is impossible to determine with absolute certainty which views are less faithful to Scripture than others? Are nonessential truths something over which you break fellowship? View Resource

  • The Church Is One Devotional

    John 17

    Consider today the importance of true Christian unity, one that is a unity of faith and not only an organizational unity. What type of unity is your particular church concerned to promote? What type of unity is your passion? Take time today to pray for your particular church and denomination that they would seek to be one with other Christians, but not at the expense of the faith once given to the saints. Do what you can to promote such unity with other believers. View Resource

  • Unity in Truth Devotional

    Romans 16:17–20

    When joining a church, we often vow to preserve its peace and purity. Unity and peace are difficult to maintain since people are instinctively critical. Decide beforehand that when strife or error comes in your church, your concern will be the unity and preservation of the church, tempered by the need for purity and truth. View Resource

  • Unity of the Church Devotional

    Acts 10:9–11:18

    Jesus assailed the notion that there is an oral tradition next to the written Bible, having equal authority. The Reformers took up the same fight against the oral tradition espoused by Roman Catholicism. Consider whether you or your church have constructed any such “oral traditions” which may not be supported by Scripture. View Resource