One in the Body of Christ
Passage: Ephesians 4:1–4:6
The oneness of God (one Spirit, one Lord, one God) forms the basis of the oneness of God's people. Humility, gentleness, patience, and love provide the means for this unity. Paradoxically, this unity is both an God-given reality (we are one in Christ) and an elusive goal that must be guarded.
1. What part of the text or sermon had the greatest impact on you? Where were you most encouraged, intrigued, challenged?
2. Take some time to praise God with thanksgiving for the wonderful gift of being a part of Christ's body. Be specific regarding what you are thankful for.
3. In Paul's letters, he almost always starts with what God has done for us in Christ (like in Ephesians 1-3) and then talks in detail about how we should live (like in Ephesians 4-6). Why is that order significant? What does it tell us about living the Christian life?
4. Is unity easier to build or break? Explain your answer.
5. When tough times come, what are we "eager" to do? Are we eager to maintain unity and peace?
6. What are the common enemies of unity? Consider the opposites of the virtues of verse 7. How can the virtues of verse 2 help us with the attitude of verse 3?
Monday - 1 Corinthians 12:1-11
Tuesday - 1 Corinthians 12:12-31
Wednesday - 1 Corinthians 13
Thursday - Psalm 2
Friday - Psalm 24
Saturday - Psalm 72
Sunday - Psalm 47