This is the second in an seven part series on the central vision of All4God. There will be a new part each day this week, so keep coming back!
Standing as One
This line refers to the origins of All4God. All4God grew out of an email newsletter thing I wrote (and still write) for a group of Christians in my school year since December 2006, which was entitled Standing as One. [The name came from our attempt to form a small group after a powerful SU weekend. The small group was called Generation5:Standing as One].
Eventually I posted some of the teaching segments up on a forum and on a Bebo book and got some positive feedback, got a couple of articles posted on the website Ignite.cd and the encouragement to set up a website for my articles, which you are now viewing. And God blessed it, and it has grown.
But as well as being a title, there is also meaning behind Standing as One. In the context of All4God Standing as One means acknowledging that although we are a vastly varied mix of people, from across the globe, with many different backgrounds and walks of life, we all serve one God, we believe there is one way to heaven (Jesus) and there is one overall calling to all our lives (To make disciples of all men)
And so though we are different in looks, location, worship styles, bible translations and other minor issues that for too long have divided the church, we need to unite, stand as one body, not a series of disjointed limbs, and be the bride of Christ in the world, rather than a harem. We need to look out for one another, support other Christians that are struggling, pray for those that are being persecuted, provide funds for those that are living in poverty, and remember the words of John in 1 John 3:14-15 : “If we love our Christian brothers and sisters, it proves that we have passed from death to life. But a person who has no love is still dead. Anyone who hates another brother or sister is really a murderer at heart. And you know that murderers don’t have eternal life within them.”
As the High School Musical song goes, “We’re all in this together.” We are going to be spending eternity with our fellow Christian brothers and sisters, so we should really try and work together in this earthly life as well.