Unity is not something that we produce. It is established by God through the Gospel, by which He has created “one new man in place of the two” (see also Eph 2:15). In essence, he has established a new reality, giving us a new identity—not just individually, but corporately—as children of God and fellow citizens of His kingdom (see also Eph 2:19). Our calling, then, is to live out of this new identity, maintaining the unity that He has established through Christ-like character.
At some point or other, almost all of us stop for a moment and wonder, “Who am I? And who do I want to become?” The journey of self-discovery is a journey toward growth and necessary change that’s key to our maturation as individuals. This is also key for our growth and maturation as a church. This summer we are going to ask through a series of messages, “Who are we as Wellspring Alliance Church? And who do we want to become?” This week we’ll begin by asking, are we a hospitable church? Are we welcoming? We’ll see through Philemon 1-7 that a welcoming church feels like home when it functions as God’s family, and that our hospitality can make us into a basecamp for local mission.