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Thanks for visiting the website! This month’s picture is of a group of church leaders, most of them are from newly established churches, Neyba, Dominican Republic, March 2019. [Click picture to enlarge.]

Haitian church leaders

Ministry and mission work is a team effort -- Jan and I have shared the task of ministry and mission work for over 50 years! (We traveled together to preaching appointments during the year before we were married.) Countless people have encouraged us, supported us, loved us, and prayed for us. In addition to the customary "Brother Bob" or "Hermano Bob," I am also known as dad and papaw. One of my favorite breakfasts is huevos fritos, frijoles, and tortillas, with a good hot sauce and a cup of rich Colombian coffee! My greatest joy in life is being part of the kingdom; my #1 priority is to advance "kingdom things" and to help develop authentic "kingdom people." I seek to share the good news about Jesus everywhere I go, helping people find Jesus and helping people mature as disciples of Jesus. One of the greatest blessings of my life is to be loved by countless people around the world!


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Study Eight: The Role of the Holy Spirit in Unity

The presence of the Holy Spirit among God’s people is to be a source of unity. Christians are to maintain the “unity of the Spirit” (Eph. 4:3). The HS binds God’s people together in a bond of peace.

Every Christian has access to God through the same Spirit (Eph. 2:19), another evidence that all are equal in Christ, that the body of Christ is a place of peace and unity, because Christ is our peace (2:14). Barriers, divisions, and enmities are destroyed in Christ, and the Holy Spirit is part of that process. God dwells in the church, the peaceful body of Christ, so the church is described as the dwelling place of God through the Spirit (2:20).

The Holy Spirit dwells in each Christian individually (see previous lessons, also 1 Cor. 6:19-20). The Holy Spirit also dwells in Christians corporately, that is in the body or the church (1 Cor. 3:16).

In John 17, the Father and the Son are one (a unity) because they share the same thinking, goals, and glory. The unity of believers depends on their receiving the word (17:14), which is truth (17:17). That word empowered the testimony of the early believers so that even more came to believe (17:20). There is no explicit mention of the Holy Spirit in John 17, but the principle is clear.

The unity of the Father, Son and Spirit is the model for the unity of the church today.

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