Reflections on ONE

“There is one body and one Spirit—just as you were called to one hope when you were called—one Lord, one faith, one baptism; one God and Father of all, who is over all and through all and in all.” (Ephesians 4:4-6)

Summer Sunday at the Farm was one of the highlights of my three years at Northshore. Looking out from the stage and seeing us gathered in one place, worshiping the One Great God was a powerful, momentous experience. During my brief message Sunday, I talked about what ONE body of Christ looks like… a church that consistently and passionately pursues: (1) Unity, (2) Diversity, (3) Maturity, and (4) Mission. I see us moving in that direction. We will never “fully” arrive, but we will always press forward.  We press forward as ONE as we continue to grow in our shared understanding and experience of who Jesus is and what He has done for us, knowing that it brings a deep unity… a common Savior and a common Kingdom. But even in that unity, there is a diversity of gifts that contribute to form us into a mature church… a church living out a shared ministry one to another and a shared mission to the world around us, local and global. This is the New Testament vision of ONE body of Christ. This is our calling… our life together that shines the spotlight on Jesus’ great grace and glory. Northshore, thank you so much for being a part of the most amazing mission in the world. It is a humbling, extraordinary privilege to serve you as your pastor!

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