“Neither pray I for these alone, but for them also which shall believe on me through their word; That they all may be one; as thou, Father, art in me, and I in thee, that they also may be one in us: that the world may believe that thou hast sent me” (John17:20-21).
My wife (Paula) and I discussed an article on the Biblical church that reminded us of an important truth. The body of Christ is bigger and broader than than we often consider.
If the Apostle Paul wrote a letter to the churches of Houston, the address would not be to the 5000 churches and many different denominations scattered throughout Houston. It would be to the saints which are at Houston.
All believers in Christ are one in Him. We are family. Brothers and sisters with the same Father. I am not suggesting we drop our personal understanding of doctrine and all come together in one large assembly. There is a reason we assemble with likeminded believers. Harmony is important in worship.
But we should be able to meet with, fellowship with, and pray with others who know Christ. One of the benefits of being home bound is that we have not been able to attend our local church. The benefit? A better understanding of Christian community.
God has opened a door through my physical infirmity for us to meet believers of different denominational backgrounds. Our bond? Christ.
We get together gathered in my room around my bed and boast in Christ. We pray. Sometimes we cry. But we are always blessed. God has opened our eyes to the fact that there are believers who may have differences but love Jesus.
Why not reach outside the walls of your local church and commune in Christ. Find other believers at work and pray together. Encourage one another. My Pastor has made it a practice to get together with Pastors from other denominations and pray for our community. They do not discuss doctrine. They do not argue. They do not divide their bond is Christ. We are one in Christ. Why not start acting like it?