“Two are better than one…though a man might prevail against one who is alone, two will withstand him—a threefold cord is not quickly broken.” (Ecclesiastes 4:9, 12)
It is no secret to Christians that we have an enemy. Paul exhorts us that we “do not wrestle against flesh and blood, but against the rulers, against the authorities, against the cosmic powers over this present darkness, against the spiritual forces of evil in the heavenly places.” Satan and his minions are out to steal, kill, and destroy the kingdom of God, and all who are called by His name. And Satan would love nothing more than to divide us.
Our Lord says, “A kingdom divided against itself cannot stand.” But our history shows we have been a kingdom divided. And one does not need to be a student of history to know we are divided. You only have to look at local churches. Each is exclusively building their own kingdoms. Some even at the expense of other churches in the form of transfer growth. Others function as if they are the only church in town. In other areas, hostility towards one another over doctrines, liturgies, or practices is prevalent. This division only weakens us; incapacitates our mission, witness, and resolve.
Imagine what we could do together. How strong would our communities be if we did come together?
First, our mission could be fulfilled more efficiently. We would reach and affect more people in our communities.
Second, our witness would be illuminated. Our Lord says our discipleship is shown to the world when we love each other.
Thirdly, our resolve will grow. When we are together, we build our confidence. We encourage one another with our works in the community. We become a stabilizing force in our world.
Churches that partner together are stronger together.