Report on the 51st General Assembly of the Presbyterian Church in America: We Still Have Work To Do

I love going to General Assembly. It’s always fun to see guys I know from seminary (who I get to see exactly once a year at GA). It’s great to participate in the worship services and sing Psalms and hymns throughout the Assembly. I love hearing the wisdom of my fathers and brothers on the floor of the Assembly. I love learning about what God is doing throughout the world as I visit booths in the Exhibition Hall. In so many ways, General Assembly is an opportunity to see the fulfillment of Christ’s prayer in the upper room when he asked the Father, “that they may become perfectly one, so that the world may know that you sent me and loved them even as you loved me.”

Yet this desire on the part of our Savior is not yet fully realized. I don’t think it ever will be until he returns. Just as the individual believer is in the process of progressive sanctification (each day dying more to sin, yet never being free of it on this side of heaven), so the church is ever in a process of becoming more and more united around the truth. We want that perfect unity that Christ prayed for. It would be easy to get a superficial form of unity, but we want unity around the truth. After all, in the same prayer wherein Christ asked the Father to give us unity, he likewise prayed, “Sanctify them in the truth; your word is truth.” The 51st General Assembly was a time of striving for unity, for charity, but ultimately, we pray, a time of striving to be faithful to the truth.

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