Live from Indy

I first came to the North American Christian Convention in 2006, to support the unity effort between Christian Churches and Churches of Christ on the 100th anniversary of the unofficial split of those two fellowships in 1906. I have come back every year since, in part because the program is quality, and I now have many friends in Christian Churches that I miss if I don't see them. 

Given my heritage in Churches of Christ and enjoyment of our people and gatherings…I wish we could get together more. We could learn a lot from one another. Churches of Christ can learn a ton about leadership, innovation, and the abundance mentality. Christian Churches could benefit from Churches of Christ in a number of ways as well.

We should get together more…on purpose.

Question: Why don't we? Really. Why shouldn't we?

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, Church Executive magazine, Faith Village, Sermon Central, and Giving Rocket.

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  1. Yes, I completely agree that we should have unity with our Christian church brethren and get together more.
    We don’t because of the instrumental music issue. Which I completely disagree with. I don’t agree with the staunch stance a few our Church of Christ brethren have taken on this issue. It turns me off to be frank.
    I don’t know if that’s what you were asking for. Thanks for posting this Tim. God bless. Grace and Peace.

  2. As a side note, I feel the same way about those in the Churches of Christ who limit our liberty where the bible is silent. When church leaders make “judgment calls” that put unbiblical chains on the church family and hinder our ability to reach the lost, they are just as guilty of distorting truth as those who dismiss baptism as a work.
    Also, after doing a little research online, I have found numerous independent Christian Churches outside of our area in which instruments seem to be the only difference from the mainstream Church of Christ. I still have not encountered one personally in the SoCal area, but I’m sure they are here. My limited knowledge of these churches has obviously been skewed by my experience and environment.

  3. I’m a part of a Christian Church Preacher’s monthly Lunch that is one of the highlights of my month. In a non-Bible belt area, I’m finding more in common with my Christian Church preacher friends than my many of the area Church of Christ preachers.
    I’ve become very close to a few who are partners, mentors, and encouragers in ministry! I couldn’t do it in Denver without these guys.

  4. I am convinced that we limit our fellowship in too many ways. However, there are times when I feel this is being done for righteous reasons. I am only able to speak for the Christian churches I have had direct contact with, but most of them do not teach the same acceptance of salvation that I see in the Bible. The leadership relegates baptism to a good work that you should do after you become a Christian. I know this is not universal, but it is common among the churches in our area. How do those who preach the unity of our two traditions move beyond this?
    I am all for unity as one church with those who are willing to study and stand only on God’s word on such crucial teachings. I don’t think unifying can be justified at the expense of truth. Galatians reminds me of this every time I study it.

  5. Why shouldn’t we? No reason at all.
    Why don’t we? Because all we ever do is talk about doing it, asking ourselves why we don’t.
    Question: Is the Christian Church tradition the only one we should be asking ourselves these questions about? Hardly!