The Church becomes more divided each day. Many seek reassurance or perceived unity by creating doctrinal statements, but that misses the point. Doctrine is necessary but it is not the solution. In his new book Until Unity, New...
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The Church becomes more divided each day.
Many seek reassurance or perceived unity by creating doctrinal statements, but that misses the point. Doctrine is necessary but it is not the solution.
In his new book Until Unity, New York Times best-selling author, Francis Chan, shows readers that the real problem is shallow or even non-existent love for each other. Do we truly understand the gospel? Do we believe in the miracle of the Holy Spirit in us? As believers, Christians are supposed to yield the fruit of supernatural love for one another. Instead, we allow jealousy and selfish ambition to prevail.
God hates this division between His children -- and our indifference to it. He has provided the solution to the Church through gifting of leaders to equip His people in a way that leads to "unity of the faith" -- but not at the expense of truth or holiness. Believers have done a poor job at this, but we can hear the call and be "eager to maintain the unity of the Spirit in the bond of peace" (Ephesians 4:3).
Although the Bible commands unity, some will resist these unifying efforts. We see it every day. We have to hate sin, love truth, and pursue unity for the Church. This is messy, but no matter what, Christians must give everything they have to the pursuit of a unified, restored Bride.
- Catalogue Code 585595
- Product Code 9780830782727
- ISBN 0830782729
- EAN 9780830782727
- Pages 224
- Department General Books
- Category Christian Living
- Sub-Category General
- Publisher David C Cook
- Publication Date Apr 2021
- Sales Rank 1954
- Dimensions 209 x 139mm
- Weight 0.453kg
Francis Chan (born 1967) is the former founding pastor and teaching pastor of Cornerstone Community Church in Simi Valley, California. After being raised by his Buddhist grandmother in Hong Kong, Francis came to America at the age of five. His mother, stepmother and father all tragically died before his 13th birthday. Francis came to know the Lord in high school and in 1994 he and his wife Lisa started Cornerstone Community Church in Simi Valley. From just 30 original attendees, Cornerstone grew to 1,600 members by 2000. Francis stepped down from his role at Cornerstone in 2010 - by which time the church had 4,000 regular attendees. He believed God was calling him and his wife to take a 'step of faith' to launch a new ministry as an extension of Cornerstone Church, in a large city in America. Since 2011, Chan has concentrated his church planting efforts on San Francisco, where he has been involved in Abundant Life Christian Fellowship, a multiethnic, non-denominational evangelical church.
At Cornerstone Francis started up diverse and influential ministries including Cornerstone Television and Eternity Bible College (from 2004). He has been a highly sought-after speaker at many Christian colleges and youth conferences in the US and internationally. His commitment is to teach directly from the Bible and his passion is to see the next generation of American Christians display a much deeper love for Jesus.
Francis is committed to radical gospel-centred generosity in relation to his own finances. He gives away the majority of his income to charities, including the royalties from sales of his books and training resources. He is on the board of directors for Children's Hunger Fund and World Impact. Francis has used astute investments in restaurants and real estate to finance his own mission outreach efforts.
Francis is the best-selling author of several books, teaching DVDs and study guides. His book Crazy Love: Overwhelmed by a Relentless God has topped a million sales since its release in 2009, and all the proceeds are donated to charity. With an authentic message, a radical call to true faith and a dare to fall head over heels in love with God, Crazy Love's challenge has resonated in hearts of all ages.
Francis and his wife Lisa, have seven children, and live in San Francisco.
- :contents<br /> Acknowledgments 11<br /> Introduction 13<br /> Chapter 1: It&rsquo;s What The Trinity Wants 35<br /> Chapter 2: It&rsquo;s What You Want 53<br /> Chapter 3: It&rsquo;s What The World Needs 75<br /> Chapter 4: It Starts With Repentance 97<br /> Chapter 5: It Comes With Maturity 119<br /> Chapter 6: It Survives With Love 137<br /> Chapter 7: It Requires A Fight 161<br /> Chapter 8: It Must Start Small 191<br /> Conclusion: A Return To Childlike Faith 207<br /> Notes 215<br /> Scripture Index 217