Bethel Church, WA
October 4, 2020
Main Scripture Reference(s)
October 4, 2020 / John 17:20-23
The unity Jesus prays for is…
1. A unity in the .
2. A unity of .
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SMALL GROUP QUESTIONS
- Read John 17:20. Jesus prayed this the day before He was crucified. Imagine that you knew that you’d be horribly executed tomorrow.
A. What would you be thinking about?
B. What was Jesus thinking about?
C. What does it mean to you that He was actually praying for you at this moment?
- Read verse 21.
A. What are some ways the Father and the Son are one?
B. In light of question A, what does it look like for Christians to be one?
C. What is the significance of our also being “in” the Father and Son?
- Read Ephesians 4:1-3.
A. Who do you think is responsible for maintaining unity in the body of Christ?
B. What do these verses tell us about how that is accomplished?
- A. Read John 17:22-23 and John 13:34-35. For what purpose is the church to be unified?
B. Read 1 Corinthians 12:12-14 and 27-31. What does it look like to have diversity in unity?
- In John 17:22, Jesus speaks of giving glory to believers. In what sense do Christians share God’s glory?
Do you have differences with a fellow Christian that result in your feeling or causing disunity with them? Seek reconciliation for the sake of your relationship and witness to non-Christians.
In a world increasing marred by division, our role in the church is to be “eager to maintain the unity of the Spirit in the bond of peace,” Ephesians 4:3. Pray that the Lord of the Church would reveal to us where we have been proud, harsh, impatient, or unloving to others in the body. Ask Him to forgive you, and also the church as a whole, for any transgressions.