Disclaimer: About This Blog

THIS BLOG IS: my personal journey of how I am rethinking some of my spiritual beliefs.
THIS BLOG IS NOT: intended to point fingers at people who I think are wrong.
I do not believe the final judgement will be based on how many correct answers we get on a theology exam. I believe many people throughout history have had genuine relationships with our Lord and Saviour Jesus, despite holding questionable beliefs and practices. I make no claim to having it all figured out or being your judge. If we end up disagreeing over these topics I pray we can find a way to demonstrate grace.

Tuesday, April 21, 2009

Great little conversation between Evangelicals and Catholics

Just a short link to this little conversation between some 'Evangelicals' and some 'Catholics'.

http://jimthornber.com/2009/04/20/we-couldnt-exhaust-jesus/

I pray that more people would discover the potential for unity between Christ followers from various traditions. It's not about what membership we belong to, or what doctrines we agree with. If we truly love the same Jesus and make Him Lord of our lives - we are brothers and sisters - whether we like it or not. :)

When we recognize this same love for the same Jesus we start to recognize that we are united in Him.

3 comments:

Jerald said...

Wonderful words, Jon. Actually this is the very thing that Jesus prayed for just before He went to the cross. Speaking of "those who would believe in Me" Jesus prayed, "I in them, and You in Me, that they may be perfected in unity, so that the world may know that You sent Me, and loved them, even as You have loved Me."
This is the most evangelistic prayer that could be prayed because when this prayer is answered, and it will be, the world will marvel and look to the church to see their redemption.
Jon, you pray this prayer yourself every day for 3 or 4 weeks and see if it doesn't change the way you see other brothers and sisters. It surely will.

Jonathan said...

Thanks Jerald for the comments.

"This is the most evangelistic prayer that could be prayed because when this prayer is answered, and it will be, the world will marvel and look to the church to see their redemption. "

Great perspective.

Christian unity has been the launching point of this journey I'm on, and a major focus of this blog. Unfortuanately I often get derailed on some side issue as I'm trying to re-think my essential beliefs. The irony is as I'm seeking unity I am recognizing such diversity of thought on so many positions, and I have sometimes lost my focus as I stumble along.

But yes, loving our brothers and sisters as we love our common Lord is what being a Christ follower is all about.

God bless!

Jerald said...

Jonathan,
Let me challenge you to pray the simple pray found in John 17:23 everyday or when you are reminded by the Holy Spirit to pray, for 2 or 3 weeks. I think you'll marvel at the change in perspective you'll have.
The enemy wants to side track us onto thinking about the things that separate us instead of the One who draws us together.