Pastor encourages Promisors to pursue the HEART OF GOD and find ways to be one in unity against the destructive forces of darkness and division.
Stories are powerful. How you your story makes people connect with you. You are all storytellers.
To do this activity: one person acts as the narrator and is responsible for moving the story along. The first person starts the story with a sentence like, “Mike went to the supermarket because…” The next person continues the story, “He needed eggs to bake a cake for..” The story continues on like this until it reaches the last person.
This is a listening exercise that requires everyone to pay attention to what the others have said. It also stresses the importance of telling a story and that unity and strong communication are needed to do that. What would it take for complete unity?
The world is divided in every way right now. Sadly, the Church is divided as well. What would it take for complete unity?
Primary Scriptures: Ephesians 6:12, 4:11-16, 2 Corinthians 5:17-20, John 17:13-24, Acts 4:32
- Know who you’re fighting. (Ephesians 6:12)
We can’t reconcile with each other until we defeat Satan. You must be able to see the real enemy working in your life in order to let go of the division with other people. There are people in your life with whom you don’t agree. Are they the real enemy? Discuss grace and what that can look like in your life with those people. How is the enemy using people in your life to cause division?
- Who has influence in your life? (Ephesians 4:11-16)
Pastor says that the word unity (from the root word “one”) is used 229 times in the New Testament. We have an “us vs. them” mentality in the world today. What is God saying in Ephesians 4:11-16 about unity and influence? Who is influencing your posts on social media, your discussions with others, and your thoughts on what’s going on in the world? How can you “lovingly speak the truth” (v. 15) to those around you?
Unity through Jesus (2 Corinthians 5:17-20)
As a Christians, we have no problem understanding that we must have a growing relationship with Jesus. But do we understand that through us, He is “reconciling the world to Himself” (v 19)? We are called to unite with others in order to be united with God. How can we do that? Study the word “reconciliation” and discuss as a group how you can use it in your life.
Complete unity for all (John 17:13-24, Acts 4:32)
The world is full of accusations, strife, discord, and rage. Satan has us exactly where he wants us. We are actually helping hell win. The enemy wants confusion and division. Jesus, in John 17, is praying for all of us as His disciples. He asks our Father to unite as one, perfected in unity, so that the world will know Him. His desire is for us all to be one so that those who don’t know Him will know why He was sent to this world in the first place. Unity is the key for the love of God to be known around the world. How do we do that? Acts 4:32 spells it out fairly clearly. Discuss how you can love others, how you can get rid of division, and how to show Jesus’ love to those in your life.
Discovery Bible Method:
For deeper study, as an alternative to the questions above, read John 17:13-24 and use the Discovery Bible Method to explore the passage.