A properly unified church displays the love of God and pursues a relationship with God as it lives out the mission of God.
This week we look at John 17:20-26
- Christian unity is characterized by love
- Christian unity is achieved through deepening our relationships with God
- Christian unity is pursued for the sake of mission
Questions for group discussion or personal reflection:
1. What made you decide to start coming to Hope Church? What’s made you stick around?
2. What comes into your mind when you think of Martin Luther and the Reformation? What is praise worthy about it and what is concerning?
3. What are some practical steps we could take to seek unity with Christians outside of our own church?
4. What benefits do you think there would be if the Church was more united even across denominational lines?
5. How is a unity characterized by love different than one characterized by fear? Why is one preferably to the other?
6. What are the draw backs of trying to achieve Christian unity by focusing on our relationships with each other?
7. What’s the difference between disunity and disagreement? Do the two always go together?
8. Can you recite the mission of Hope? (Get a show of hands, the ask someone to do it) Repeat with the 4 marks of a disciple.
9. In what areas do you see unity present within our church body? 10. Looking back on the entire series, what’s one thing God has taught or reminding you of in the last few weeks?