A Prayer for Christian Unity (Calvin)

Here's an excellent prayer by John Calvin for genuine Christian unity. As we look forward to corporate worship on the Lord's Day tomorrow, may this be our prayer: Grant, Almighty God, that as we are so scattered in our pilgrimage in this world, that even a dreadful spectacle is presented to our eyes, when we… Continue reading A Prayer for Christian Unity (Calvin)

The Characteristics of Christian Communion: The Fellowship of the Saints (Boston)

Historic Christian theology affirms the reality of the communion (or fellowship) of the saints. In the historic Creed we say, "I believe...the communion of the saints." It's a confession that we believe in the biblical truth that there's a deep bond among and between followers of Jesus. The NT word is fellowship (κοινωνία - koinonia).… Continue reading The Characteristics of Christian Communion: The Fellowship of the Saints (Boston)

A Multiethnic Church in Principle (Ryken)

While studying the biblical concept of the church family I found chapter 11 of The Communion of Saints to be quite helpful. The chapter is called "All in the Family". Here's one section of it that I highlighted. (Note: I added the Scripture references because Ryken had mentioned them before these paragraphs.) If Jews and… Continue reading A Multiethnic Church in Principle (Ryken)

On True Friendship (Roberts)

Want a brief and easy-to-read book on friendship that is also very helpful? Here's one suggestion: True Friendship by Vaughan Roberts. It's a nice little book that defines and discusses friendship from a Christian perspective. It's under 100 pages, but isn't simplistic or fluffy. Here are two parts of the book that I appreciated. There… Continue reading On True Friendship (Roberts)

Behaviors, Addictions, and Helping One Another (Welch)

Scripture often calls God's people to help one another (1 Cor. 16:11, 2 Cor. 1:11, Phil. 4:16, 1 Thess. 5:14, etc.). One aspect of loving one another in a Christ-like way is giving others of our time, energy, and effort to help when and where help is needed. Speaking of this topic, here's how Ed… Continue reading Behaviors, Addictions, and Helping One Another (Welch)