Articles The One Hope of Your Calling? The Ecumenical and Pentecostal Movements after a Century Geoffrey Wainwright In the seventeenth chapter of Saint John, Jesus implores his Father that his present disciples, and indeed all who shall come to faith through their word, “may be one, so that the world may believe” in his own divine mission and receive the gift of eternal life which he brings (v. 20-21). The followers of Jesus were to be sancti ed in the word of truth (v. 17), perfected into one by the divine indwelling (v. 22-23), so that all whom the Father gave to the Son would share in the Son’s glory and his glori cation of the Father (v. 1-10). Thus mission and unity belonged together from the start, for the credibility of the gospel depended on the oneness of its witnesses as they were, in turn, sent into the world with the message of salvation. From its beginnings in the late nineteenth and the early twentieth centuries, the modern ecumenical movement took its charter from that nal prayer of Jesus. Under the leadership of the Methodist layman John R. Mott, the Student Christian Movement adopted “ ut
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Published: Jan 1, 2003
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