Live from Louisville

Louisville Tonight was the opening session of the North American Christian Convention–the largest annual gathering of independent Christian Churches. I attended for the first time right here in Louisville back in 2006, when there was a concerted effort on the part of some in the Acappella churches and instrumental churches to build bridges toward one another that had been burned in 1906 over the instrument. That year was amazing. I've been every year since.

Since that time, I have developed some absolutely amazing friendships with my brothers and sisters in the Christian churches–and it's hard for me to imagine my life in ministry without them. I now actually serve as a part of the Continuation Committee of the Convention.

I hope that as time goes on, God will bring His success to both Churches of Christ and Christian Churches, and that he will continue to bring love and unity to His people. We have a lot to learn from one another and a lot of catching up to do. We don't need to do or see everything the same way, but we need to submit ourselves to God's Word by, "making every effort to maintain the unity of the Spirit in the Bond of Peace." Our lives will be richer. Our ministries we be more effective. Our God will be more pleased.

Let's not wait til 2106.

Dr. Tim Spivey is Lead Planter of New Vintage Church in San Diego, California. He is the author of numerous articles and one book, "Jesus: The Powerful Servant." A sought after speaker for events, Tim also serves as Adjunct Professor of Religion at Pepperdine University. Tim serves as a church consultant, and his writings are featured on ChurchLeaders.com, Church Executive magazine, Faith Village, Sermon Central, and Giving Rocket.

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