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How can we have the same mind? Churches don't work together and all believe they are right.

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Thank you for your question about church unity. It is sad to note that around the world, there are arguments and disagreements between the people of God. 

It is clear from the teachings of Jesus that we are to love one another, in fact, Jesus tells us that by this all people will know that you are my disciples, if you have love for one another (John 13:35)

You are also correct to mention the teachings of Paul, where he writes I appeal to you, brothers, by the name of our Lord Jesus Christ, that all of you agree, and that there be no divisions among you, but that you be united in the same mind and the same judgement (1 Corinthians 1:10)

In Philippians 2, Paul writes to the Christians in Philippi regarding this issue. Helpfully, Paul tells us how we ought to be with one another:

So if there is any encouragement in Christ, any comfort from love, any participation in the Spirit, any affection and sympathy, complete my joy by being of the same mind, having the same love, being in full accord and of one mind. Do nothing from rivalry or conceit, but in humility count others more significant than yourselves. Let each of you look not only to his own interests, but also to the interests of others. Have this mind among yourselves, which is yours in Christ Jesus, who, though he was in the form of God, did not count equality with God a thing to be grasped, but made himself nothing, taking the form of a servant, being born in the likeness of men. And being found in human form, he humbled himself by becoming obedient to the point of death, even death on a cross. Therefore God has highly exalted him and bestowed on him the name that is above every name, so that at the name of Jesus every knee should bow, in heaven and on earth and under the earth, and every tongue confess that Jesus Christ is Lord, to the glory of God the Father (Philippians 2:1-11). 

Paul shows us that Christ is our ultimate example, showing how we ought to be through humility, servant-heartedness and love. This challenge is not given to others to do first, it is given to us. We, personally, each of us, must be humble, count others greater than ourselves, working out how we may serve others. 

Throughout the world, even today, there are many encouraging stories of churches working together for the good of the gospel. Perhaps the feelings you are having are promptings by the Holy Spirit, working in you to encourage you to build relationships with people in other churches and to encourage your respective churches to meet, worship and work together on projects, for the good of the gospel. 

In summary, it is true that there are disagreements between churches and denominations, when clearly the teaching of Jesus is for us to be united together. Paul shows us that through humility, being servants of one another and through the love of Christ we are to work together for the good of the gospel.

Speak to your church leader about working with other churches, and pray that God would help you to work together, being of one mind and purpose. 

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