Frequently Asked Questions
What is The Church Gathered’s STATEMENT OF FAITH?
The Nicene Creed serves as our statement of faith. The Nicene Creed was not originally written in English. There are many versions which essentially say the same, just like there are many translations of the Bible. Here is one version that was taken from Wikipedia:
We believe in one God, the Father, the Almighty, maker of heaven and earth, of all that is, seen and unseen. We believe in one Lord, Jesus Christ, the only Son of God, eternally begotten of the Father, God from God, Light from Light, true God from true God, begotten, not made, of one Being with the Father. Through him all things were made. For us and for our salvation he came down from heaven: by the power of the Holy Spirit, he became incarnate from the Virgin Mary, and was made man. For our sake he was crucified under Pontius Pilate; he suffered death and was buried. On the third day he rose again in accordance with the Scriptures; he ascended into heaven and is seated at the right hand of the Father. He will come again in glory to judge the living and the dead, and his kingdom will have no end. We believe in the Holy Spirit, the Lord, the giver of life, who proceeds from the Father (some versions add: and the Son). With the Father and the Son he is worshiped and glorified. He has spoken through the Prophets. We believe in one holy catholic and apostolic Church. We acknowledge one baptism for the forgiveness of sins. We look for the resurrection of the dead, and the life of the world to come. Amen.
What does one have to believe be a part of the efforts of The Church Gathered?
One must consider themselves a Christian in that they recognize that Jesus (also called the Christ) was crucified (executed), and resurrected from the dead. Jesus was made Lord and head of the Church (made up of those who are Christians) by God the Father. No one can consider themselves to be a Christian unless they desire to have and believe they have a relationship with God through Jesus. No one is perfect and some have a longer way to go as we are transformed into the likeness of Christ. Nevertheless, if someone works directly with us in this effort, their life should reflect their relationship with God through Jesus Christ. If you or your group believe the statements in the Nicene Creed, then your beliefs will not be a hindrance to acceptance and welcome if you desire to come along side and help with the efforts of The Church Gathered.
How long do you think it will take to achieve a world gathering of Christian leaders for seeking God’s direction regarding the unity of the Church?
Optimistically, I would like to see such a meeting sometime in 2023—five years from the time I was first asked this question.
What is the difference between this, the Ecumenical Movement, and other unity focused ministries?
The Ecumenical movement sought to work out a solution through negotiation between different denominations. It had a large support base initially among many denominations. As the movement aged, it lost support. Many saw the movement as an attempt to combine denominations under a common order—a type of administrative or political union.
The goal of this project does not seek a common solution that man has organized. It seeks a direct solution or word from God by seeking God to intervene. There is no discussion of agreement on theology except for what is required for the leaders to pray together and possibly worship together in song on one occasion that may or may not reoccur annually. The only unity sought is the unity desired by God under the Lordship of Jesus Christ in whatever form that may take. Just praying together will be a huge step forward in that direction.