OUR PLEA FOR UNITY
The churches of Christ Greet You (Romans )
To those of you who believe in Jesus and desire to show your love for God (John 14:15), please humbly consider this brief and loving PLEA for unity (Eph. 4:15). The realization of this PLEA is possible, but only when honest hearted people (Luke 8:15) return to the teachings of Jesus and His prophets and apostles for all we say and do (Col. 3:17; 2 John 9-11; Rev. 22:18-19).
This PLEA of the churches of Christ (Rom. 16:16; Matt. 16:18) is threefold: (1) That all men repent (change their mind about sin) and be saved (Luke 13:3, 5; Acts 17:30-31; 2:38; Mark 16:15-16; 1 Peter 3:20-21). (2) That all believers in Jesus as the Son of God be first called Christians (Acts 11:25-26; 26:28; 1 Peter 4:15-16). (3) That all Christians become united in the ONE body of Christ (Eph. 4:4; 1:22-23) and worship our Father in heaven as He directs (John 4:24; 17:17; cf. Joshua 24:14). If this PLEA seems reasonable to you, please pray daily with us that the Father will bring it to pass IAW His will (James 4:15; 1 John 5:14-15).
The Lord wills for His followers to be united as ONE (1 Cor. 1:10); NOT divided. What a convicting power it would be if all people only believed and practiced exactly what the Word of God teaches, and by their lives showed the love, beauty and unity of TRUE Christianity (John 13:34-35; 1 Cor. 13). The effect of that love and unity would be as Jesus prayed - the WORLD would believe that God sent Him (John 17:20-23).
The Holy Spirit teaches that there is one Body, one Spirit, one Hope, one Lord, one Faith, one Baptism and one God (Eph. 4:4-6). If all believers would put aside their personal opinions and preferences, we could be united in the above oneness found only in Christ. All of us would be members of that one body or church built and purchased by Jesus (Matthew 16:18; Acts 20:28).
Unity in the spiritual body of Christ can begin when we all obey the same commands to be saved or born again (John 3:3-5). Our salvation is IN Christ (2 Tim. 2:10; Acts 4:7-12; Gal. 3:27). To get into Christ a person must hear and believe the facts that Jesus is the Son of God (John 8:24; Acts 18:8; Heb. 11:6); that He shed His blood and died for our sins, was buried, and rose again on the third day (Matt. 26:28; 1 Cor. 15:1-4).
This heartfelt belief will cause a lost soul to confess the Lord Jesus as the Son of God (Acts 8:37; Matt. 10:32-33; Rom. 10:9-10), repent of their sins (change their mind about any unrighteous conduct - Luke 13:3, 5; Acts 17:30), and submit their body to be baptized (immersed/buried) in water (Col. 2:12) to arise by the grace of God with all spiritual blessings (Eph. 1:3) as a new creature in Christ (2 Cor. 5:17; Gal. 3:26-27; Rom. 6:1-7).
The obedient penitent baptized believer (Luke 6:46; Matt. 7:21-27) comes up out of that grave of water forgiven of past sins by the blood of Jesus (Eph. 1:7; Rev. 1:5; Acts 2:38; 22:16), saved (1 Peter 3:21; Mark 16:16) and added by the Lord to the church He built (Acts 2:41, 47; Matt. 16:18). Thus becoming a Christian, he also receives the indwelling Holy Spirit as an earnest (down payment) of his eternal salvation (Acts 5:32; Eph. 1:13-14; 1 John 5:11-13).
We plead with you to prayerfully consider these truths and become a part of God's spiritual family on earth (Eph. 3:15) by lovingly obeying the Gospel (John 14:15; Rom. 1:16; 10:16). Please contact a congregation of the churches of Christ near your home ASAP (Rom. 16:16).
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