Title: One God, One People, One Walk
Text: Ephesians 4:1-6
I therefore, a prisoner for the Lord, urge you to walk in a manner worthy of the calling to which you have been called, with all humility and gentleness, with patience, bearing with one another in love, eager to maintain the unity of the Spirit in the bond of peace. There is one body and one Spirit—just as you were called to the one hope that belongs to your call—one Lord, one faith, one baptism, one God and Father of all, who is over all and through all and in all.
1. What is the "indicative/imperative" relationship in Paul's letters? Why is it essential that we keep these in the right order when we consider Paul's exhortation in Eph 4:1?
2. How is unity in the church an essential response to what God has done for us in the Christ?
3. What does it mean that our unity as a church is to reflect God's tri-unity?
4. What is your own reaction to the subject of church unity? Have you experienced it? Are you skeptical than it can be achieved? Have you ever committed yourself to a church to the extent that unity was an issue for you?
5. Because of the gospel, humility, gentleness and patience are actual means of attaining unity. What do each of these involve? How do they reflect God's love for us? How will they contribute to real gospel unity?
6. "Unity is not absence of conflict, but oneness through conflict." What does this mean? How is this possible?
7. Unity's foundation ("mainstay") is God's oneness within himself. How does this give us hope for unity?
8. What does it mean that unity is also the church's mission? Review Ephesians 4:6 and 3:14-15 if necessary. Why does the world need to see the church's unity?