INTRODUCTION TO BIBLE STUDY GUIDE

These studies do not tell you what the Bible says. The scriptures given direct you to specific topics. The questions are intended to help you focus on the study. No answers are given. You have to read and search the scriptures for the answers. We encourage you to use Bible helps such as concordances and commentaries. However, scholars and theologians often disagree on interpretation and application. The best study help comes from God. Pray. Allow yourself to be honest with your reactions, but don't jump to conclusions. It takes time to read and meditate on all the Bible says on various topics. Feel free to ask questions in your prayers. You will be amazed to discover that God does answer the sincere seeker. You will also be surprised that the Bible may not say what you might think it does on many subjects. Keep a notebook. A loose leaf one would make it possible to add thoughts and additional information as you learn more about different subjects. Welcome to an exciting search.  

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Bible Study Guide:

Complete Unity

By Scarlett Stough

 

To prepare for this Bible study, please read the women in Christ commentary, One.


I. Be One. Read John 17:20-26

1. What purpose does becoming one serve?

2. How can we follow the example of the Father and Son?

3. What do you think Jesus means by “the glory?”

4. How does it help us be one as they are one?

5. How does knowing God promote love?

6. How does God’s love promote unity?

 

II. One in Heart and Mind

1. Acts 2:42-47; 4:31-35 Describe how the earliest Christians modeled unity.

2. I Corinthians 1:10-18 How can Christians avoid the source of disunity described in this passage?

3. I Corinthians 5:1-13; 6:12-20; Revelation 2:14-16 Why is tolerating immoral behavior a source of disunity? What strategies can a congregation use to discourage sin and encourage morality?

4. I Corinthians 11:17-22 What other divisions were harming the spiritual maturity of the Corinthian church?

5. I Corinthians 12:1-26 In what ways were the Corinthian Christians allowing their spiritual gifts to cause disunity? How did God intend spiritual gifts to produce unity?

6. I Corinthians 14:24-40 In what ways were the Corinthians being divided during meetings? What main principle in this passage will promote unity during meetings? What specific instructions for meetings can produce unity?

7. I Corinthians 15:58; 16:13-18 What is the common purpose that ought to unite the people of God?

 

III. Spirit of Unity

1. Romans 12:4-10 What basic building block for unity do you see in this passage?

2. Romans 14:1-4, 10-12 On what basis do we accept others as brothers and sisters in Christ?

3. Romans 14:13, 16-19, 22-23; Matthew 23:23-24 What principles do you see in these passages that would promote unity? How would focusing on “the more important matters of the law” promote unity?

4. Romans 15:1-4 In what ways can we build one another up? How would this promote unity?

5. Romans 15:5-9, 13 What is the source of the “spirit of unity” and how can we display it?

6. Summarize what you have learned about unity from these biblical passages. Write down any encouragement you might have received along with any concrete steps you can take to promote unity in Christian fellowship.

 


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