Sundays with Mac and Mike
What do we mean by the centrality of Christ? It does not mean we all have to have the same beliefs about everything. What we must have is the centrality of Christ in order to be called Christians. Many passages from the Gospels to the Epistles of Paul call for this unity.
Jesus prays for all believers to be one in John 17:20
My prayer is not for them alone. 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. I have given them the glory that you gave me, that they may be one as we are one— I in them and you in me—so that they may be brought to complete unity. Then the world will know that you sent me and have loved them even as you have loved me.
Paul says in 1 Cor 12:27
Now you are the body of Christ, and each one of you is a part of it.
1 John 4:19 – 21 says
We love because he first loved us. Whoever claims to love God yet hates a brother or sister is a liar. For whoever does not love their brother and sister, whom they have seen, cannot love God, whom they have not seen. And he has given us this command: Anyone who loves God must also love their brother and sister.