Jump directly to the Content

Creating Uncommon-Unity

Jesus' interaction with his disciples teaches us about true community.

We hear a lot about community today in both society and the church. What the world promotes is a watered-down contrast to the teachings of Jesus. As Christian leaders, our goal is to develop in our ministry settings an uncommon-unity, based on the Word of God and prayerful pursuit of genuine Christian community.

What Jesus developed with his disciples is embodied in the truest sense of the word community. When the disciples first encountered Jesus, they responded to his call "Follow me … " and their lives were radically transformed. Living in common-unity with Jesus, the disciples followed after his teachings and example and experienced an uncommon unity in Christ.

Jesus empowered them with the Spirit, gave them authority to drive out demons and cure diseases (Luke 9:1), and he sent them out to preach the kingdom of God and to heal the sick (Luke 9:2). In addition, he gave them instructions for their journey, "Take nothing for the journey—no staff, no bag, no bread, no money, ...

December
Support Our Work

Subscribe to CT for less than $4.25/month

Homepage Subscription Panel

Read These Next

Related
THE BACK PAGE
THE BACK PAGE
Preachers and listeners perform a dance of the spirit, and sometimes Someone Else cuts in.
From the Magazine
Why Christmas Is Bigger Than Easter
Why Christmas Is Bigger Than Easter
The Incarnation exists for the Atonement, but it is also so much more.
Editor's Pick
To Be a Pastor Is to Know Betrayal
To Be a Pastor Is to Know Betrayal
Apprenticing Jesus in a cruciform call.
close