West Swindon and Lydiard Tregoze Church Partnership

Declaration of Intent

D3. Our Theological Basis

John 17: 20, 21. Jesus said:

I pray also for those who will believe in me through their message, that all of them may be one, Father, just as you are in me and I am in you. May they also be in us so that the world may believe that you have sent me.

Jesus Christ, on the night before his arrest, prayed for the unity of all believers in him. He prayed that all Christians would be one, just as he and his Father were one.

The purpose of that unity was to be a witness to the world, that they may believe in Jesus Christ too. We declare that we wish to regard these words of Jesus as the theological basis for the unity of our Partnership.

Doctrinally we begin with a Trinitarian understanding of God, a dynamic unity-in-diversity of Father, Son and Holy Spirit. This Trinitarian life of God will be the guiding model for our own unity. The inherent unity of all God’s People is to become a passionate priority for all our activities - just as it was in the mind and heart of Jesus. The major purpose of our unity is to be a testimony of Jesus’ reality and love towards those who are not yet within the Kingdom of God.

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