Missional Living Series Part 6 | God is One: Missional Essentials
By Spencer Boersma
Text: Mark 12:28-34
This part in our Missional Essentials series goes back to basics: Christianity believes in one God not many gods, monotheism not polytheism. It is a truth that has become obvious to us, so obvious that we forget why it is so important. Even atheists take the difference for granted. So why is it so revolutionary, powerful, beautiful and true to uphold the confession, as Israel did long ago, “Hear O Israel, the Lord our God, the Lord is One”?
Why does Jesus couple it with the commands to love God with all our heart, soul, mind, and strength as well as to love our neighbors as ourselves? Understanding that we can truly be at one with our neighbors, even our enemies, allows us to know that God can be at one with us in the love of Christ even when we set ourselves against him. All of this, reminds us that God is the only God, the true One – not us, not the world, not some other god that has not revealed himself as love…