November 13th 2010

One In Christ

“How good and pleasant it is when brothers live together in unity! It is like precious oil poured on the head, running down on the beard, running down on Aaron’s beard…. For there the Lord bestows his blessing, even life for evermore.”
Psalm 133:1-3 (NIV)

Grace Communion International [the name of our parent fellowship in the USA, editor] recently held a worldwide conference in Orlando, Florida. More than 1,100 members and elders from around the world spent four days together seeing old friends, renewing acquaintances, making new friends and learning more about our faithful heavenly Father and our new life in Jesus Christ through the Holy Spirit.

It reminded me that God is in the business of building community—bringing us into a life of communion with himself and one another. That is what the gospel is all about.  God is love, and love implies a communion between persons. As James B. Torrance has written, God has his being in communion—the Father loves the Son in the communion of the Spirit and the Son loves the Father in the communion of the Spirit—and he has made us to be in communion with himself and with one another in Jesus.

By God’s indescribable grace and love, the Son of God became human, one of us, sharing our humanity, to take away our sins and unite us in him with the Father. In Jesus, we are the beloved sons and daughters of the Father in the communion of the Holy Spirit. Our international conference was a small but blessed reflection of that God-given unity in diversity that characterizes believers. Only in Christ can people from nations, cultures, and races grow together in the love, unity and peace of the Holy Spirit.

During the conference we were able to interview several of our international mission directors, national directors and others for new segments of GCI Together and for an all new video programme, GCI Reflections, that will explore a wide variety of topics related to the Christian life. We plan to begin posting the new program on our website at in October.

Our guest conference speakers included Dr. Elmer Colyer and Dr. Gary Deddo, You can see their interviews on our You’re Included video series available on our website.

Because of the generous support of viewers like you, all our literature, educational resources and video and audio programming are available on our website to anyone free of charge. Thank you for that support, and for your part in helping us share the good news of Jesus Christ.

Holy Father, we give you grateful thanks that people can assemble in your name from all around the world, from all strata of society, from all walks in life, yet can live in peace and harmony. We recognise that this unity stems from your life and example to us, Father, through your son, and in his name we pray.

Study by Joseph Tkach 

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