A word from OFU Visionary & Founder, Dr. Levy H. Knox
What if there was no competition or jealousy in ministry? What if Senior Pastors honored the deposit of God in one another and shared in their successes, rather than discounting their achievements? What if each church and ministry’s unique and essential role was embraced by the body of Christ in demonstrating the work the Church and His Kingdom on earth? If this were so, the world would see one church – “rich in diversity, yet unified under the banner of Christ”. This is the Spirit of unity that OFU endeavor to keep.
The message of unity is at the core of God’s heart and we hear it in chapter 17 of John by Jesus Christ Himself: “…Father I pray that they may be one even as we are one that the world may know…” The Kingdom of God is on a bold new advance and OFU is a true witness of this advancement through the power of unity and authentic Kingdom relationships. There is no greater need in the world today than to see people of diverse backgrounds living together in unity and peace, transforming their city for the Kingdom of God.
The time is now for the body of Christ to gather as a family around the cross and at the feet of Him who has purchased us out of every tribe and nation. We are all under the one banner of the Lord Jesus Christ, in whom we have become one blood and one nation. In Christ there is neither bond nor free, Jew or Gentile, male or female, but oneness.
There is a renewed desire in my heart to join with other Pastors and churches in our city to seize the moment in continuing the demonstration of unity among the churches, to create something of great value for the entire city, making a lasting difference in the world. When the Church truly becomes one, we will be able to speak to society and be a strong influence indeed. It is through this kind of unity that we can have the power and Kingdom influence that God intended us to have, speaking to society in areas such as Government, Education, Economics, Health Programs, or any other area of grave concern.
We must continue to seek God’s face and divine impartation that will move us forward in accomplishing His will. The actions of our ministries in the days ahead will speak louder than our words. Let us agree together for the Lord’s will on earth as it is in heaven and for the continuous unfolding of God’s magnificent destiny for our lives, congregations, and our city. “Behold, how good and how pleasant it is for brethren to dwell together in unity….for there the LORD commanded the blessing, even life forevermore.” (Psalm 133:1,3)