Don’t just take our word for it . . . take His! We would encourage you to spend time examining the following Scriptures that shaped this sermon: John 17:20-26
John 17 is the record of Jesus’ intimate, tender, and bold prayer that he prayed before he walked out of Jerusalem and up to Gethsemane. The final section of the prayer is his petition that the Father would give future believers a deep and profound unity. But there are many kinds of unity. What is Christian unity and why is it important? The unity for which Jesus prays is distinct in that it has
- a Godly source
- a Godly governor
- a Godly goal
Christian unity is based on personal relationship with Christ, is governed by the love of God in Christ, and results in others coming to Christ and the manifestation of the glory of God.
- Have you ever felt that you had to ignore a strongly held personal value in order to maintain unity with others? What was that like?
- How are uniformity and unity different? Why might we think they are the same?
- Why do you suppose that Jesus put so much emphasis on unity and oneness among his followers in this very significant prayer?
- How does sharing with others in having a personal relationship with God create a strong bond between you and them, even when they are otherwise very different from you?
- Are you drawn towards or do you find yourself shying away from Christ followers who are different from you? (race, socioeconomic condition, age, education level, social class, sex, …)
- What do you believe that God is calling you to do to “maintain the unity of the Spirit in the bond of peace”? (Ephesians 4:3)
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The outline and application questions are intended for your further reflection and action upon the weekend message. They are also designed to facilitate discussion and accountability within your LifeGroup.