• Strength in Numbers Devotional

    Ecclesiastes 4:9-12

    God saves us as individuals—I cannot count on anyone else’s faith in order to be redeemed. However, the Lord redeems us to put us in community. This happens preeminently in the church, where God provides the fellowship that we need in order to grow and thrive. We cannot be lone rangers and expect that our faith will thrive. Are you seeking to build community in your church? Are you making time regularly to fellowship with the Lord’s servants? View Resource

  • United to Christ and His Body Devotional

    1 Corinthians 6:17

    In the comments Calvin made on today’s passage, the great Reformer noted the importance of maintaining our union with Christ with “the utmost chastity and fidelity.” We must not cheat on our husband, the Lord Jesus Christ, by following after other gods or engaging in impenitent sin. In so doing, we strain our union with Him and, thus, our union with other believers. Let us never do anything to impair the communion we have with Christ and others. View Resource

  • Agreeing in the Lord Devotional

    Philippians 4:2–3

    Agreeing in the Lord with other believers does not necessarily mean that we concur on every secondary or tertiary matter. It does mean, however, that we recognize other believers as true brothers and sisters in Christ when we agree on gospel essentials. It also means that we strive to debate and discuss respectfully, that is, in a manner that honors other people and shows the world that we are united in the gospel. View Resource

  • A Life Worthy of the Gospel Devotional

    Philippians 1:27

    We can by no means overestimate our need of the Christian community for our own faithfulness to our Savior in this world. All of the greatest leaders in church history had the support of fellow believers, and they were thereby enabled to stand firm for the gospel in one spirit and mind. We are setting ourselves up for disaster if we believe that we can be lone ranger Christians, so let us work hard for our unity with other believers in the gospel. View Resource

  • The Peace and Purity of the Church Devotional

    Ephesians 6:23–24

    Take time today to read back through Ephesians and thank God for what we have learned. Ask Him to make you more loving and more willing to stand for the essential truths of the Christian faith. Also, ask Him that you would be willing and able to serve as a model to other believers as one who promotes with fervor the church’s peace and purity. Seek the help of other Christians in working to foster unity and truth in Christ’s body. 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

  • One in Spirit Devotional

    Ephesians 4:2-3

    We cannot sacrifice truth for the sake of a superficial visible unity, which is an error evident in the liberal arm of the ecumenical movement. Still, we should not think that all efforts at visible church unity represent liberalism, for the splintering of the church into many denominations makes it hard for the world to see the love of Christ among believers. Let us work for visible unity where possible, bearing with one another in patience and love. 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

  • Strangers and Aliens No Longer Devotional

    Ephesians 2:19

    Though we may lose our homes in this world for any number of reasons, including persecution for the sake of Christ, we can be assured that in Jesus we have an eternal home in His kingdom. We are to look forward to this eternal home, and the hope of living forever in God’s presence sustains us in even the worst forms of suffering. Let us not be too attached to life in this world but rather long for our everlasting residence. View Resource

  • The One New Man Devotional

    Ephesians 2:15-16

    John Chrysostom, the ancient bishop of Constantinople, writes, “The Greek does not have to become a Jew. Rather both enter into a new condition. His aim is not to bring Greek believers into being as different kinds of Jews but rather to create both anew” (Ancient Christian Commentary on Scripture, NT vol. 8, p. 132). Racism and other forms of ethnic strife have no place in the church, for we are all one man in Christ Jesus. View Resource

  • Receiving Onesimus Devotional

    Philemon 17-18

    John Calvin takes Paul’s willingness to help Onesimus be reconciled to Philemon as an example for us. The apostle, he writes, “warns us how affectionately we ought to aid a sinner who has given us proof of his repentance. And if it is our duty to intercede for others, in order to obtain forgiveness for those who repent, much more should we ourselves treat them with kindness and gentleness.” View Resource

  • Onesimus’ Return Devotional

    Philemon 11-13

    Do you have relationships with other believers that would enable you to say with Paul that you would be sending away your “heart” if you were to move or otherwise lose the chance for face-to-face fellowship? God did not make us to function alone as believers, and we all need close Christian friendships to help us grow in the grace and knowledge of Christ Jesus. What are you doing to forge these relationships? View Resource

  • The Lord’s Care for His Own Devotional

    Matthew 18:10–14

    God is not willing that any of His own should perish (Matt. 18:14), and so He shepherds us, using His staff to discipline us if that is what is necessary to keep us in the fold. One way in which the Lord exercises this shepherding is through the love of Christians one for another. We must all grieve when we see brothers or sisters stumble and do all that we can to rescue them. Especially if you are a church leader, do not abandon your sheep. View Resource

  • Loving One Another Devotional

    John 13:31–35

    True Christian love will unify believers, but this unity will not be a unity that denies the truth. Christian love and truth are inseparable; thus, we do need to separate from those who have abandoned the fundamental tenets of the Gospel. Unfortunately, we all too often seek any excuse beyond this to break away from other believers. All of us ought to befriend fellow believers who affirm the fundamentals of the faith even if they are not from our denomination or tradition. View Resource