The leaders and people of the Apostolic Church in the United Kingdom extend condolences and sympathy to those affected by the terror attack at the Manchester Arena.
Like all peace loving people, we deplore such a mindless attack intended to harm children, young people and families. We pray that the God of comfort will extend his love and care to all who grieve at this time.
A declaration of unity was introduced at the recent Spring Harvest celebrations. The declaration is based on John 17.21 where Jesus prayed ‘I pray that they will all be one, just as you and I are one—as you are in me, Father, and I am in you. And may they be in us so that the world will believe you sent me.’
It is expected that during the 2017 festival season, more than 100,000 Christians will use 17:21 to reaffirm their commitment to unity.
Declaration of our shared life in Christ
“As believers in the Lord Jesus Christ, through whose life, death and resurrection we are reconciled to God and to one another, we gladly celebrate our unity, identity and common life in Him.
We rejoice that we belong to the one Father, are redeemed by the one Lord Jesus, and are indwelt by the One Holy Spirit.
As members of the one family, we are united in our commitment to the Lordship of Christ, the centrality of the atoning sacrifice of Christ on the Cross, dying in our place; His resurrection; the divine authority and supreme inspiration of the Old and New Testament Scriptures; the importance of conversion; and the calling to Gospel witness and active service in the world.
We rejoice in the unity of the Spirit in the bonds of peace, a unity which transcends the boundaries of nationality, ethnicity, economic status, gender and denomination.
We repent of those attitudes and actions which have lessened our active commitment to living together as those who are one with Christ Jesus, or which have injured the Body of Christ and tarnished our testimony to God’s reconciling grace.
Seeking to obey Christ more fully, we commit ourselves more fully to prayerful and active unity. By God’s grace and through shared witness, we pray that a fractured world might see and experience the reality of God’s reconciling power in the Gospel of the Lord Jesus Christ for the glory of God and his good purposes.”
For more information check out the 17:21 website