Church Unity Is Not Optional
In this provocative, hope-filled book, New York Times bestselling author Francis Chan challenges us to see what keeps us from being unified as Christians across denominations and cultural differences—and why it needs to change.
It’s clear from Scripture that God desires unity for His Church. Unity is what Jesus prays for, what He commands, and what He says will be the chief argument for unbelieving people coming to know God.
But if unity is that important to the heart of God, and that critical to the mission of the church, then why isn’t it something the Church fiercely fights for and passionately pursues?
We divide easily because we love shallowly.
In his newest book Until Unity, Francis Chan calls for believers everywhere to align our hearts with God in His desire to see the church as unified as He is unified in the Father, Son, and Holy Spirit. Despite what many in the church say, doctrine is not at the root of most division.
The main problem is the shallowness or non-existence of our love for each other, which comes from a shallowness in our understanding of the gospel. We have to grasp just how much God hates the division between His children—and our lackadaisical indifference to it.
We have done a poor job at this, but it can change. Those who are believers will hear the call and be eager to maintain the unity of the Spirit. This will be messy and painful, but we cannot allow this to discourage us from giving everything we have to the pursuit of a unified, restored Bride.