The Church grows more and more divided each day.
Many are searching for reassurance or perceived unity by creating doctrinal statements, but that's missing the point. While doctrine is necessary, it's not the solution.
In his new book, Until Unity, New York Times bestselling author, Francis Chan teaches that the true problem is shallow, or even non-existent, love for each other. Do we really even understand the gospel? Do we genuinely believe in the miracle of the Holy Spirit in us? As believers, Christians are to yield to the fruit of supernatural love for one another. Instead, we let jealousy and selfish ambition prevail.
God despises the division between His children, and our indifference to it. He gave us the solution to the Church through gifting leaders to equip His people in ways that lead to unity of the faith, but not at the expense of truth or holiness. Believers haven't done the best 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).
While the Bible commands unity, some will resist these unifying efforts. We see it every day. We must 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.