“How good and pleasant it is when God’s people live together in unity!” Psalm 133:1
In 2014, in our town, Coleraine, the local churches and para-church organisations held a series of events together under the banner of “Passion for Life”. Birthed from this was a deep desire for this unity to continue. But what would this look like? After meeting and praying together for months, the Coleraine Gospel Partnership was formed in January 2015. It is early days but there’s a sense of being at the pioneering stage of something really special.
Ministers and youth workers are meeting together, praying together, planning together, and building trust with each other. Churches are beginning to break down the denomination boundaries that has built up over the generations; all with the united focus of carrying out God’s mission in our town. We want to see a unity between the believers of values and purpose so that we can reach out together into the community with God’s message of hope. We have held a number of shared events and this Easter young people from the town will join together on various community based projects leading into a weekend of intergenerational and interdenominational Bible teaching. We are excited. Even though the partnership is in the infantile stage, everyone involved really feels the sense of blessing from God upon what is happening.
No one is perfect. There are always going to differences and little things that people disagree about. That’s why it’s so important to get on our knees together and seek to maintain the unity of the Spirit and the bond of peace that Paul talks about in Ephesians 4:3. We should all seek these things in our lives and the lives of our churches. That is, after all, God’s will for us.