This book starts by establishing that all believers in Christ are already, in fact, one with each other in Christ. This leaves us with the challenge, not of creating unity where it does not exist, but of living consistently with the oneness that already exists.
The first section explains why living consistently with our oneness is important, including God’s commands and expectations, the benefits of living in oneness and the hazards of living contrary to the truth. Part two explains what oneness is and is not, including the concepts that oneness is a harmony of diverse believers each doing their own part, not unison, unanimity or strict conformity to the same mold. The third section deals with practical barriers to living in oneness—selfishness, misunderstandings, heresy, and incorrect understanding of the origin of the organizational divisions in the universal Church—and suggests how to overcome them.
In a review written for Amazon.com, Richard R. Blake said, "’Our Oneness in Christ’ is a refreshing, long awaited for reminder of the need to live consistent with our position as believers. We are one with Christ and in Christ."
Dr. Bruce Cook of ReserveBooks.com wrote, "Ostensibly a book of theology and Bible exegesis, this volume breaks new ground in the increasingly important struggle for unity among Christian believers. It is a fresh new look at church unity. This stance is remarkable because it rests on Biblical analysis (exegesis) to prove a point usually made by Christian believers who are turned off by literal analysis of Biblical text." He concluded his review: "This could be the most significant movement in the Christian church since the reformation."
The article on Our Oneness in Christ at the Authors’ Den summarizes: " Have you ever wondered why so many of God's promises only seem to work occasionally? Or why sickness, both physical and mental, seems to be more prevalent among Christians than it is in the world? Or why all of the efforts at unifying Church organizations have not resulted in more visible unity among believers on the street? A recently released book, Our Oneness in Christ by Ian Johnson and Lauston Stephens, provides at least one of the major answers to all of these questions: The Church has become too individualistic. God's promises are made to the Body of Christ, and only function properly in our individual lives when that Body is healthy—that is, when we are each individually living out our oneness."
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Ian Johnson, Christian Author bio.
Lauston Stephens bio.
Common Divisive Fallacies that Divide the Church Home.