John 17 Unity

I do not ask for these only, but also for those who will believe in me through their word, that they may all be one, just as you, Father, are in me, and I in you, that they also may be in us, so that the world may believe that you have sent me. The glory that you have given me I have given to them, that they may be one even as we are one, I in them and you in me, that they may become perfectly one, so that the world may know that you sent me and loved them even as you loved me. – John 17:20-23

In John 17, we see Jesus pleading with His Father on behalf of His people. One of His primary requests was for unity; Christ wanted His people to be one – one in spirit, one in faith, one in mind, one in love, one in truth. He grounded His prayer in the very nature of the Godhead: “that they may be one even as we are one”. In essence, He desired His people to be one (as the Father, Son and Holy Spirit are one) while still allowing each member to be unique (as the Father, Son and Holy Spirit maintain their own unique personalities).

The theme of unity in diversity was reiterated by the Apostle Paul when he described how the Body of Christ was to function.1 Paul gives us a clear picture that, though we are to be united, we are not to be the same.2 Sameness and unity are not equivalent. Instead of expecting each member of the Body to perform the same task, we are commanded to value the particular work of each distinct part.

Salt & Light Global shares in Christ’s desire to see the Church unified. It also recognizes the spiritual and practical significance of encouraging individual believers to pursue the passions and callings God has placed on their hearts. By embracing both our shared foundation and our diversity, Salt & Light Global believes we can more effectively redeem the world for Christ.

To implement this belief, Salt & Light Global actively promotes cooperation with other groups, ministries, corporations, etc. that seek to uphold the truth of God’s Word in our society, either in full or in part. Salt & Light Global promotes cooperation in three main ways:

1. Presentation Participation: Where possible, Salt & Light Global invites local ministries to promote their work at Wilberforce Academy events. After receiving training on First Principles and citizen statesmanship, participants at these events are encouraged to connect with the ministries present for the purpose of learning, volunteering, donating, or networking.

2. John 17 Database: The John 17 Database is a searchable directory of ministries, non-profit organizations, and other institutions that are seeking to rebuild or strengthen their communities, states or nations on the basis of at least one First Principle. The purpose of the Database is two-fold: (a) to assist individuals in finding a place to serve; and (b) to assist ministries in collaborating with one another for the purpose of joint projects, education, etc.

The Database is provided for informational purposes only. The entities listed may not be Christian and may not recognize or support the mission or tenets of Salt & Light Global. Inclusion in the Database does not necessarily constitute an endorsement of the entity and/or its work by Salt & Light Global.

If you would like Salt & Light Global to add a ministry or other entity to the Database, please contact us.

3. Concerted Action: Where appropriate, Salt & Light Global works directly with other ministries, groups, and communities to promote First Principles. Concerted projects may include educational programs, consulting, and community building, among other things.

Beliefs are only as powerful as the actions they provoke. First Principles demand action. For once we understand the importance of God’s design for society, we have an obligation to see that design implemented in our nations. As the Church, we are uniquely positioned to transform our communities by promoting the same truth manifest in various ways. One way to accomplish this is to join forces with those already engaged. Therefore, please take a moment to consider how you might best serve your community; then search the Database and review the list of organizations that share your passion; and follow through by taking steps to connect with them.

  1. 1 Corinthians 12:26
  2. Romans 12:3-5