The Beautiful Story the Church is Revealing Together

If we were standing before representatives from each tradition of evangelicalism where each brother and sister in Christ were proclaiming to us the things they treasure about Christ and the Gospel, at the same time, what would we hear? What if together the message of the Baptists, Presbyterians, Methodists, Missional, independent, whether they be Calvinist or Arminian, were channeled into one message at one point in time? What would that message together be?

Would we not hear the following?:

"The Lord is good to all He has made. He loves all His creation and is The Savior of the World not willing that any should perish but that all should come to repentance. He is also sovereign in His power accomplishing all that He purposes and wills to do. No desire of His can be thwarted and His word shall not return to Him empty. All whom He loves has been atoned for and therefore redeemed.

He was lifted up in order to draw all men unto Himself with every knee bowing and every tongue confessing that Jesus is Lord to the glory of God the Father. He is a missionary God who is pursuing His creation with relentless love and compassion in order to bless them through His Body. Therefore God's purpose of election is to bless us to be a blessing to every nation on earth.

He is a God of justice which means we are to be about works of mercy and setting things to rights not just bringing consequences to bear upon sin. His justice is restorative and therefore we are to set about doing justice not getting justice. God's kingdom of restoration and "all things new" is one in which we can begin participating in right now as a foretaste and glimpse of what is to come in the New Heavens and the New Earth.

The "last word" of our God is that of resurrection and life not the cross and of death. Our God is a God of redemption whose purpose is to destroy the works of the devil, conquer the last enemy of Death, reconcile all things to Himself, making all things new in order to be all in all.

He is preparing us all for a day when He will remove the veil from all peoples and will wipe away all tears and prepare a feast of rich food and wine for everyone. Death will be ended and time will be no more as God will be everything to everyone."

(From: Psa 145; 1 Jn 4:14; 2 Pet 3:9; Isa 46:10; Job 42:2; Isa 55:11; 1 Jn 2:2; Jn 12:32; Phil 2:10; Gen 12:2; Jonah; Micah 6:8; 1 Cor 15:26; 1 Jn 3:8; Col 1:19; Rev 21:5; 1 Cor 15:28; Isa 25; Rev 10:6, 1 Cor 15:28)

“My prayer is not for them alone. I pray also for those who will believe in me through their message, that all of them may be one, Father, just as you are in me and I am in you. May they also be in us so that the world may believe that you have sent me. I have given them the glory that you gave me, that they may be one as we are one, I in them and you in me—so that they may be brought to complete unity. Then the world will know that you sent me and have loved them even as you have loved me."

John 17:20-23

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Perhaps:
"None of us is as smart as all of us."
and
"We don't have it all together but together we have it all."

To read further how the Church collectively is preaching the Gospel of "The Reconciliation of All Things" see:

Sixteen Ways the Church is Walking Together Toward Christian Universalism