Core Value 21: The Unity of the Church

God’s Word teaches the essential unity of God’s people based upon union with Christ, truth and righteousness (Ephesians 4:3–6; 1 Corinthians 12:12–27).

  • Therefore we affirm a biblically and doctrinally based cooperation among true churches of Jesus Christ for the purpose of reaching the whole world with the gospel of Christ (John 17:20–23).
  • We deny that there is any biblical basis for an ecumenism that calls for an organisational unification of the Protestant churches of the world (and ultimately of all professing Christians) which disregards the essential and fundamental doctrines of the Christian faith, such as the virgin birth, the atoning work of Christ, regeneration, conversion, justification by faith alone and sanctification (Amos 3:3).

DISCUSSION QUESTIONS

  1. What is the basis of the church’s unity?
  2. How does the affirmation describe the basis and purpose of our cooperation?
  3. What error is the denial addressing?
  4. How does this give us discernment about whether or not to be involved with community Christian events and programs?

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