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In John 17, Jesus prayed for the unity of the church. Yet today, we tend to accept disunity as inevitable. In this book, Anthony Burgess calls us to addresses the spiritual and visible unity that Jesus desires for His people. Burgess speaks of how union and communion with Christ and His people are “the life and comfort of believers.” Giving careful consideration of what Christian unity should look like, Burgess excels at uncovering common causes of division and promoting means to advance unity among God’s people.
Table of Contents:
1. The Blessing of Unity Among Ministers
2. The Pattern for Unity Among Ministers
3. The Nature of Christian Unity
4. The Necessity of Christian Unity
5. The Reason for the Lack of Christian Unity
6. The Characteristics of Christian Unity
7. The Rules for Christian Unity
8. The Expansion of Christian Unity
9. The Value of Christian Unity
10. The Perfection of Christian Unity
Anthony Burgess (d. 1664) was a member of the Westminster Assembly and pastor in Sutton Coldfield.
“Drawn from Anthony Burgess’s 145 magisterial sermons on Jesus Christ’s high priestly prayer in John 17, Advancing Christian Unity is a succinct and important book that argues cogently for true Christians who agree on the essentials of the faith to labor for the expansion of genuine unity, personally and ecclesiastically, for the glory of God and the persuasion of the world. It also warns against false, man-made unity with those who do not embrace the whole counsel of God. This treatise should be read by every Christian who longs for the advance of Christ’s kingdom on earth." — Joel R. Beeke, president of Puritan Reformed Theological Seminary, Grand Rapids