Day 21: Unity in our Church and the Church at Large

As I said in our first Day of Prayer, at River Valley, we believe there are important values to incorporate into our daily lives as people who are following after Jesus. Our values should guide every conversation we have, every decision we make and every interaction we have inside and outside our church. As we conclude our time of focused Prayer and Fasting, I want us to end on “Unity.”

This is one of the highest convictions I have as a Pastor. I saw what it looked like to have poor unity in churches I was a part of before River Valley. When unity lacks, people are left hurt, confused and with a poor representation of who Jesus is.

I am sure you all know the value unity plays in any setting. You have seen both sides of the spectrum in teams, business and even families.

We have all been called to be unified with God and with others, both inside and outside of the Church. Where there is great unity, there is great strength – we need to fight to protect it!

When I think about Unity in the bible, I think of two key passages. Both passages are talking about different congregations in the early church. The first passage in Corinthians is a portion of a letter urging the church to protect unity, while the second in Acts is praising a church living in full strength of their unity.

I appeal to you, brothers and sisters, in the name of our Lord Jesus Christ, that all of you agree with one another in what you say and that there be no divisions among you, but that you be perfectly united in mind and thought. (1 Corinthians 1:10)

All the believers were one in heart and mind. No one claimed that any of their possessions was their own, but they shared everything they had. (Acts 4:32)

Wouldn’t you rather be the ones remembered as the group of Christ followers with “one heart and mind”? I know I want to be. Let’s be the kind of church so unified it causes people to stop and ask why.

At River Valley, we are committed to unity in every possible way. Join with me in closing out a unified time of prayer by praying for a greater sense of unity in both our church and The Church all around the world.

Prayer points:

  • Pray for greater unity within River Valley.
  • Pray for greater unity within The Church.
  • Pray for the impact our unity would have on those who don’t yet know Jesus.

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