They meet the first Wednesday morning of every month at a different local Church. They represent the Body of Christ of the Santa Clarita Valley. They include different denominations, different traditions, and different ethnicities. What they all share in common is a devotion to Jesus Christ and the gospel of salvation by grace, through faith in Him. They are ministry leaders from across the Santa Clarita Valley who have a vision for the unity of the Church of the City.
These ministry leaders, and many more like them, have been gripped by Jesus’ prayer in John 17, “I do not ask for these only, but also for those who will believe in me through their word, that they may all be one, just as you, Father, are in me, and I in you, that they also may be in us, so that the world may believe that you have sent me” (vs. 20, 21). Jesus prays that the relational solidarity of his followers on earth would reflect the oneness that characterizes the Godhead and result in the salvation of the lost.
The unity and oneness of the broader body of Christ is more than a noble idea, it is a biblical mandate. As an expression of sovereign grace, the Father, Son, and Holy Spirit have opened up the triune life of God to all those who respond to the gospel with saving faith. As Christians we have been adopted as children of the Father, united in Christ, and indwelt by the Holy Spirit. Just as every believer is on a progressive journey to become more like Christ in their attitudes and actions, in the same way the Body of Christ – the Church – is to increasingly reflect the oneness and unity of the triune God. The unity of the Church is a super natural expression of the reality of our participating in the life of the triune God.
This triune unity of the body of Christ most naturally finds its expression in local gatherings of believers (churches) and in the relationships those gatherings have between one another – the Church of the city.
City Church Unite exists to nurture the spiritual vitality and visible unity of the body of Christ in the context of cities. We believe that God is already at work around the globe, uniting his people and drawing the lost to Himself through the visible united witness of His Church. How can you enter into this movement of God:
- Begin a prayer group in your local Church that meets regularly to pray for the vitality and unity of the body of Christ in your city.
- Begin to identify the stubborn realities of your city (homelessness, mental illness, teen drug use, the needs of foster families, teen suicide, racial prejudice) and begin to strategize how the body of Christ (churches, marketplace ministry leaders, and non-profits) in your community might work together to meaningfully begin to address these issues.
- Encourage your pastoral leaders to meet and pray with leaders from other churches across your community. Affirm them in their efforts to build relationships of trust with believers and leaders from other churches, denominations and traditions.
City Church Unite would welcome the opportunity to support and encourage the strengthening of unity in your community. Contact us at info@CityChurchUnite.com
We also invite you to prayerfully consider becoming a partner with City Church Unite in strengthening the visible unity of the Body of Christ. Blessings!