2022 Church Theme
Each year we select a church theme and focus on it through various sermons throughout the year. This year's theme is on unity.
Jesus’ Prayer for Us
“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 17:22-23)
When was the last time you prayed for unity? During the final hours before Jesus’ crucifixion, Jesus prayed an extreme prayer for his followers. Jesus didn’t pray that Christians would get along a little better or that churches would be a bit friendlier. He prayed for unity. Jesus’s big request was that we would be one. And not just one, but “perfectly one.”
He went on to explain that he wanted us to be so unified that we would be as close to one another as He is to the Father. Furthermore, He wanted this unity to be so deep and so beautiful that it would grab the attention of those around us and cause them to believe in Him. It may seem like an overly optimistic goal, but Jesus wouldn’t have prayed for it if it wasn’t possible.
This year we are going to work on pursuing Jesus’ vision for His church. We want to a be church that is perfectly one.
Why This Theme is Important Right Now
Over the past couple years, the pandemic brought about many obstacles for unity. Health risks, quarantines, political divides, and remote worship all have the potential to push us apart. With so many forces working against our unity, it’s imperative that we overcome this with a concerted pursuit of unity.
To help us reach unity, we created 7 growth goals for this year. Each goal is firmly rooted in scripture.
- We will all be tightly bound together with the same truths that held the early church together. (Ephesians 4:1-6)
- When disagreements arise or feelings get hurt, we will overcome the issues with the humble heart of Christ. (1 Corinthians 13:4-7, Philippians 2:1-11)
- We will each seek out opportunities to spend more time together. (Acts 2:42-47)
- We will each take on the “work of ministry.” (Ephesians 4:11-13)
- We will each bear one another’s burdens. (Galatians 6:2)
- We will work side by side as a team to accomplish Christ’s work. (Phil. 1:27)
- Unity will become the means by which we reach the world with the gospel.
Sermons This Year
The sermons this year will be based around 7 areas where churches were located in the New Testament. As we look at these churches we will think about how they became more united, how they overcame divisions, and how we can do the same.
- Rome – How can people who are so different become perfectly one?
- Corinth – Overcoming the heart of division with a heart of love
- Ephesus – God’s perfect design for unity
- Philippi – Building unity through a common mission
- Thessalonica – How does a loving church become a more loving church?
- Jerusalem – How do we maintain unity when a church is growing?
- Galatia – What do we do when false teaching divides a church?
We hope you’ll join us this year as we pursue Christ’s prayer for His church!