Christ-Centered Model in Christian Unity, I
A Christ-Centered Model of Diversity In Christian Unity For the
Unity in Diversity in Christ — A genuine Christian experience demonstrates unity in diversity in Christ. This unity in is an outgrowth of the Gospel, and is reflected in both belief and behavior;
Reflection of the Godhead — The church fellowship that most closely resembles the relationship of the Godhead is one where there is a unity of spirit, objectives, and beliefs;
Diversity of Gifts — Unity in diversity in Christ is God’s plan for the church, through the utilization of the diverse gifts of its members;
Unity Essential to Mission Accomplishment — The full use of all the church’s resources—physical, financial, and human—are essential for an effective communication of the Gospel. However, the close unity among the believers is even more essential in a greater accomplishment of the mission of the church in the world today;
An Unchanging God — In our changing environment the only constant is a God who does not change.
Centers on Christ — The model centers on the cross of Jesus Christ as that which not only draws all people (John 12:32), but is the foundation on which all find a oneness in Christ (Galatians 3:28).
Supports a Bifocal Vision — The inner graphic is an ellipse with two foci giving us a bifocal vision—love to God and love to humankind. “On these two commandments hang all the law and the prophets” (Matthew 22:34-40). It is only as we love God supremely that we will be able to love each other impartially (James 2:8-13; 1 John 4:19-21, COL 607).
Clarifies Relationships — The model illustrates God’s action of breaking down the “dividing wall” of hostility between groups and creating “one new humanity” in Christ (Ephesians 2:11-22).
Operates on Two Dimensions — The model operates on two dimensions of change: The Horizontal—the individual interactional change dimension (embracing and valuing diversity); and The Vertical—the institutional structural change dimension (harnessing and empowering diversity).
Illustrates Koinonia — This vision or paradigm gives rise to a Christian fellowship (Koinonia) and oneness found in the Early Church, resulting in the emergence of community, symbolized by the outer circle. It is here where our differences--racial, ethnic, cultural, biological, physical, and social—that normally divide us in society, find the level ground of the cross in a spirit and behavior of equality.
Symbolizes Mission — The arrows reaching out from the center and back again are symbolic of our mission to the world to bring people into the fold of fellowship, the church.
Reflects the Gospel — The end result of this model is a reflection of the Gospel in a church fellowship that reflects the unity Jesus prayed for in the Garden. This unity in diversity will reveal to the world a correct picture of God, as a loving, caring, compassionate Friend, the God of all nations (John 17).
The Process: Creating an Inclusive Environment
Unleashing the various talents and capabilities which its diverse membership brings to the church: and
Creating a wholesome, inclusive system that is safe for differences, that enables members to reject rejection, and maximizes the full potential of all.
The Goal: The Modus Operandi of Unity in Diversity
To develop an inclusive mind set and culture within the church that recognizes, respects and values diversity in Christian unity as integral to the Gospel. How Measured?