It Survives With Love
So Christ himself gave the apostles, the prophets, the evangelists, the pastors and teachers, to equip his people for works of service, so that the body of Christ may be built up until we all reach unity in the faith and in the knowledge of the Son of God and become mature, attaining to the whole measure of the fullness of Christ.
It’s clear from Scripture that God desires unity for His Church. Unity is what Jesus prays for, what He commands, and what He says will be the chief argument for unbelieving people coming to know God. But if unity is that important to the heart of God, and that critical to the mission of the church, then why isn’t it something the Church fiercely fights for and passionately pursues? -from Until Unity
Join us on Sundays as we take a a closer look at the Biblical idea of unity within the church with our new sermon series Until Unity based on the scriptures and teachings from the book Until Unity by Francis Chan.
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We encourage you to spend some time with God this week, dive into the Bible, and go a bit deeper on this topic. Please consider these study questions for further reflection:
Francis Chan warns us of a danger: "In the church, we divide easily because we love shallowly." How can we deepen our love for each other? What are some ways that you can practically love your brothers and sisters in Christ this week?
Considering 1 Corinthians 13, what impact has the true love of God had on you? Who has demonstrated it well to you? Have there been any qualities of this love that have been challenging to practice in your own life?
As you consider our life together at Grace and the love we practice toward one another, what are we doing well? Do you notice any areas that we can improve together?
Additional Scripture to study: 1 Corinthians 13; Romans 12:9-21; Romans 14:13-19; 1 John