Ephesians 4:4-5 - 4 There is one body and one Spirit—just as you were called to the one hope that belongs to your call— 5 one Lord, one faith, one baptism, 6 one God and Father of all, who is over all and through all and in all.
If you go to Jerusalem today, you can visit the Holy Sepulchre - traditionally believed (and now archaeologically confirmed as probable) to be the site of Calvary and Jesus’ tomb. One of the most striking things about the church that has been built on the site, is that it has been occupied by several different church traditions for centuries. Eastern Orthodox, Roman Catholic, Armenian Apostolic, Coptic Orthodox, Syriac Orthodox, and others share this one space, which is a powerful symbol of their shared faith in Jesus Christ. Though they have conflict at times (they are, after all, a bunch of sinners) and don’t agree on certain points of doctrine or tradition, they are part of each other and we are a part of them (v.4-5).
One of the things I love about the Christian faith is that through Christ, we are made one (v.4). People from all sorts of denominations, social classes, cultures, and every ethnicity you can imagine have been transformed by the Spirit into Christ’s body - representing him together here on earth.
• Have you ever had the opportunity to worship Jesus with Christians of a different denomination? If so, what did you learn? What can you appreciate about their expressions of faith?
• Are there Christians of other traditions that you feel led to build relationship with?
• Action - Spend some time in prayer for the body of Christ (the church) in our region and across the globe to be one in heart and mission, for God’s glory.