Statement of Faith
We Believe in unity for all believers in our Lord Jesus Christ and seek community together. We want to become more like Him in every way, who is the head of His body, the Church. We are called to love Him and one another and are enabled to do this only as His life flows in and through us. (1 Cor. 12:12-13; Matt. 22:37-40).
Having such a belief makes it is incumbent on us to grasp and live out Jesus’ pray cry for unity while He was on earth. This is a cry that the Father has heard and Holy Spirit will work out because Jesus is returning for His Bride, so that He might present her to Himself a glorious church, not having spot or wrinkle or any such thing, but that she should be holy and without blemish (Eph. 5:27).
Jesus desires and prays for unity. So important was it to Jesus that He found it worthy enough to pray for this oneness, moments leading up to Golgotha – His most vulnerable hour. In John 17:20, part of the High Priestly prayer and probably better described as Jesus’ Last Will Testament, Jesus is praying to the Father, this is truly the Lord’s Prayer, and says:
“My prayer is not for them alone. I pray also for those who will believe in me through their message, 21 that all of them may be one, Father, just as you are in me and I am in you.
Theologically speaking God is not fragmented, divided, separated or apart. He is complete union in the fullest Trinitarian form, way beyond our understanding. This same union has to be a reality here on earth because Jesus’ desire is that His people, those “In Christ”, model the relationship that He had with His heavenly Father. It is not just a vertical relationship but it is also horizontal, loving each other as we would love our own flesh or our spouse as Christ loves the church (Eph. 5:25)
We also know that God is holy and He commands us to be holy. We know that sin was and is a key ingredient in our disunity with God and others. Our shortcomings in the way of holiness is a factor that creates doubt in us and underestimates our belief in the intensity and force of Jesus’ prayer, that ALL believers in Him be ONE.
When we overlook the words of Jesus’ prayer and fail to carefully take to heart the prayer, we could believe that Jesus is praying about a mere union in purpose. Or we may think that this is just a union of doctrine or beliefs (Sometimes dialoguing with others believers of different camps, the body of Christ has many different members 1 Cor. 12:12-13, is a starting point to reconciliation that leads to unity). But when we study the prayer carefully in the whole counsel of scripture and also understand the nature of God’s heart, humbling ourselves and agreeing that we desperately need a transformation of our own heart, healing the hurts, pains and disappointments, we are bound to change our view.
Our Statement of faith coupled with the embracing of Jesus’s prayer empowers us to fulfill the great commandment. Jesus enables His church, by releasing the Holy Spirit, as he breathes this inseparable union (John 20:22) on His body. Jesus the great high priest and intercessor prays, one of the mightiest prayers of all prayers, and so sends His Spirit, and petitions on our behalf an exact comparison of the relationship with His father. His church can powerfully becomes One, as They (Father and Son) are one. God loves, His church loves, God cares, His Church cares, God is long suffering, His church is long suffering.
Another aspect of this is to see us as the church, the bride, adorning ourselves intimately with the One, so that we can become fully One with our Bridegroom, Jesus. In this process a divine exchange takes place. We the bride are then able to seek community together and cry out for the Bridegroom’s continual Love to be poured into our hearts, as the father calls us into that same relationship (Rom. 5:5). And as a willing bride, Jesus purifies us and enables us by the Spirit to be completely humble and gentle; patient, bearing with one another in love. And we are encouraged to make every effort to keep the unity of the Spirit through the bond of peace (Eph. 4:3-4)
Holy Spirit is leading us to reconcile with the Father first, because without Him there is no reconciliation, and then, to other believers In Christ so that we may experience the fullness of Psalm 133, where God commands the blessing. Birthed within the DNA of Catch the Fire (Formerly Toronto Airport Christian Fellowship), while bringing revival and refreshing to those that visited since 1994, has this pray cry of Jesus been placed. Since the Revival broke out people have come together (Baptists, Pentecostals, Roman Catholics, Methodists… etc.) celebrating the move of His Spirit where a supernatural reconciliatory and unifying work continues to take place breaking down barriers and possible divisions amongst Christians of almost every Christian background.
Recently doors have open wide, the Roman Catholics that have been touched by the Spirit of God while in Toronto have taken initiative in coming back to Toronto for several years now promoting reconciliation and unity. John Arnott and myself have just come back from a series of Rome meetings, as part of an initiative by Pro Centro Unione (Center for Unity). While there, we met with a small group of leaders praying together and discussing our unity in Christ. Our two last meeting was with in the Vatican Council, with Vatican members promoting our Christian unity we also had a guest passes to see the Pope at St. Peter’s square in the celebration of the 40th. year of the Italian Catholic charismatic renewal.
In these last days our statement of faith will begin to see more unity in the body of Christ lived out as we align our hearts with the prayer and cry of Jesus as we seek to worship our bridegroom Together in ONE accord until He comes.