On Saturday night I was talking to friends who had been involved in a Methodist church. They mentioned that this church had a congregational meeting where my friends saw that the views held by the congregation were very diverse. They wondered how the church could chart a way forward when they had such differing opinions.
John Stott writes, 'Only loyalty to the gospel can secure unity in the church.' A fellowship needs to be committed to a shared view of the gospel if it is doing to have any direction and purpose. But do we live at a time when we can't even agree on what the gospel is?