We've released a new version of SermonCentral! Read the release notes here.
Text Illustrations
The story is told that John Wesley, a founder of Methodism, changed his view about church division after a dream in which he was first transported to the gates of Hell. He asked, “Are there any Presbyterians here?” “Yes,” was the reply. “Any Roman Catholics?” “Yes.” “Any Congregationalists?” “Yes.” He hesitated, then said, “Not any Methodists, I hope!” To his dismay the answer was “Yes.”


Suddenly in his dream he stood at the gate of Heaven. Once again he asked, “Are there any Presbyterians here?” “No,” was the reply. “Any Roman Catholics?” “No.” “Any Congregationalists?” “No.” Then he asked the question which most interested him: “Are there any Methodists here?” He was shocked to receive the same stern reply, “No!”


“Well then,” he asked in surprise, “please tell me who IS in Heaven?”


“CHRISTIANS!” was the jubilant answer.


From that dream Wesley determined that unity was essential to the church’s success in her mission.

What are we to think of division? Some today agree with Wesley: division is one of our greatest sins. We must unify at any cost. Others believe any effort toward unity necessarily involves compromise; therefore we must avoid it. Jesus prayed for unity; yet he preached that we must leave even father and mother for his sake and the gospel. When shall we divide?

Related Text Illustrations

Related Sermons

Browse All Media

Related Media


God's Love
SermonCentral
PowerPoint Template
Loving One Another
SermonCentral
PowerPoint Template