In these verses Jesus prays for all believers throughout history. It was His intent that his followers would be one and live not just intersecting lives, but intertwined lives; that we would invest in each other’s lives rather than meet together once a week. When we do that, people catch a glimpse of the unity and love of the Godhead.
This week’s discussion will focus on understanding and applying two key words found in Jesus prayer for all believers: Unity and Love
- What stood out to you from this weekend’s message? What challenged you?
- What has been your perspective of church? A football stadium? A hospital? Something more than that?
- Read Acts 2:42-47 and Acts 4:32-37 How do you think the first followers of Christ interpreted and applied Jesus’ prayer for unity?
- Read 1 Peter 4:10, Romans 12:3-8, and Ephesians 4:12-13. God has given each other “gifts”. For what purpose? Do you know your gift? What happen to a church body when your gift is not utilized?
- What do you think God thinks when he thinks of you? Read Romans 5:8,10; Romans 8:35. What are His true thoughts about you?
- Read Ephesians 1:3-14. How is it God can love us unconditionally (Clue: Note the number of times Paul uses the words “In” or “In Him” — meaning “Christ”)
- Why do many Christians go through seasons where they struggle to believe that God really loves them?
- How should Christians deal with the differences that exist between them? How do you deal with those differences?