Grace to Unite
Open any history book and you’re going to stumble upon a story of war, division, and disunity. In America today, division seems to greatly outweigh unity, and social media has only perpetuated the problem. We learned this past Sunday that God has unified us with Him and has given us the power through His grace to live in unity in every area of our lives. Let’s see how we can make that happen today!
1. Ice Breaker: What is the best team you can remember being a part of? (sports, work, etc.) What do you think made it the best?
Eph. 2:15 by setting aside in his flesh the law with its commands and regulations. His purpose was to create in himself one new humanity out of the two, thus making peace.
Eph. 2:19 Consequently, you are no longer foreigners and strangers, but fellow citizens with God’s people and also members of his household
Eph. 3:17-19 so that Christ may dwell in your hearts through faith. And I pray that you, being rooted and established in love. may have power, together with all the Lord’s holy people, to grasp how wide and long and high and deep is the love of Christ, and to know this love that surpasses knowledge—that you may be filled to the measure of all the fullness of God.
Eph. 4:3 Make every effort to keep the unity of the Spirit through the bond of peace.
When you read chapters 2, 3 and 4 in the book of Ephesians, it is easy to catch the theme of unity.
2. Why do you think unity is so important for Paul and for us?
3. Has division ever helped a situation you’ve been a part of? In what ways have you personally dealt with division in your own life? How do you think God is growing you in the area of unity? (In your marriage, at work, with friends, people different from you racially, economically, etc.) Share.
One of the illustrations this week was an image of a mosaic. Take a second to google what that looks like... The beauty of a mosaic is that none of the pieces are the same shape, size, personality, or color. This is the image of unity when we look at the kingdom of God. None really quite like another, but it wouldn’t be a masterpiece without each individual piece.
4. What do you think prevents us from seeing the beauty of a mosaic?
5. How is attending a Lifegroup helping you build unity between you and others? (If it’s not, let’s talk!)
6. Read Ephesians 4:3-6. How can you “make every effort” to protect unity with those around you this week? What is the difference between protecting unity inside the Church and outside the Church? How are they the same?
Ephesians 4:3-6 Make every effort to keep the unity of the Spirit through the bond of peace. 4 There is one body and one Spirit, just as you were called to one hope when you were called; 5 one Lord, one faith, one baptism; 6 one God and Father of all, who is over all and through all and in all.
Check to see if anyone memorized last week’s Next Step challenge verse below:
Ephesians 1:4 - Even before he made the world, God loved us and chose us in Christ to be holy and without fault in his eyes
Prayer is a vital piece in the development of our relationship with God. The more we pray, the more we are in communication with him, because that’s what prayer is. It is also a vital piece in our unity with one another. The group that prays together stays together. We strongly encourage prayer be a center piece of your groups every week, praying before meals, for one another, and for the life group as a whole. This week, if you don’t already, we want you to start thinking of taking prayer beyond the time you spend at your Lifegroup. Take a minute to write down your prayer requests on a piece of paper and pass it to someone around the room so that you can be praying specifically for one another.
CHANGING YOUR MIND
I pray that out of his glorious riches he may strengthen you with power through his Spirit in your inner being, so that Christ may dwell in your hearts through faith. And I pray that you, being rooted and established in love. may have power, together with all the Lord’s holy people, to grasp how wide and long and high and deep is the love of Christ, and to know this love that surpasses knowledge—that you may be filled to the measure of all the fullness of God. Now to him who is able to do immeasurably more than all we ask or imagine, according to his power that is at work within us, to him be all glory in the church and in Christ Jesus throughout all generations, for ever and ever! Amen.