That phrase has been a cornerstone of the Restoration Movement for two centuries. That movement was simple: to put Christ first in our churches, our faith, and our lives. Now, so many years later, that call to unity is no less important and no less impactful.
As we approach Easter, it is easy to lose the meaning and passion behind this week for the spectacle that is church on Easter Sunday. Now, do not get me wrong. More people hear the gospel message during Easter weekend than at any other time of the year. It is a time when people willingly ask and look for invitations to church, and communities draw together to celebrate the death and resurrection of Christ.
In 2 Timothy 1:10 the Bible says, “But it has now been revealed through the appearing of our Savior, Christ Jesus, who has destroyed death and has brought life and immortality to light through the gospel.”
Now, so many years later, that call to unity is no less important and no less impactful.
I believe what the apostle Paul was expressing here is that Christ’s resurrection is the gospel, the good news. Not only was Christ the Son of God, sent to bear our sins and bridge the gap between God and man, but it was His resurrection that made all of this possible. This week we will celebrate Good Friday, which is only “good” because of the resurrection. And we will celebrate Easter on Sunday, the day the tomb was opened and Christ arose in glory, defeating death.
It is also this time of year that the need for unity in the Church is so important. We need to fully embrace the idea of being “Christians only.” Our world needs Christ; and if we, the faithful, can lay all other things down and shine a light on Him, especially this weekend, we will bring His gospel to the world.
All of our churches are toiling with this week to have a fitting celebration for the most defining moment in history: the life, death, and resurrection of Christ. We are called to be Christians only, but we are not the only Christians. Now more than ever, the Church, all of Christ’s congregations, need to stand unified in Him.
Join me in praying for the hundreds of church leaders in CDF Capital partner churches who will be sharing the gospel this weekend.
Join me in praying for the thousands of other church leaders in Restoration Movement churches.
And join me in praying for the hundreds of thousands of church leaders across America as they bring this gospel message to a needy nation.