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John 17:20-25

Summary

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.

Focus

This week’s discussion will focus on understanding and applying two key words found in Jesus prayer for all believers: Unity and Love

Discussion Questions

  1. What stood out to you from this weekend’s message? What challenged you?

     

  2. What has been your perspective of church? A football stadium? A hospital? Something more than that?

     

  3. 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?

     

  4. 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?

     

  5. 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?

     

  6. 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”)

     

  7. Why do many Christians go through seasons where they struggle to believe that God really loves them?

     

  8. How should Christians deal with the differences that exist between them? How do you deal with those differences?