Uncomfortable | Week 3: Uncomfortable Unity
Making our own way, becoming who we want to be, finding ourselves; these are essential elements of western thought. After all, individualism and freedom are crucial results of the Enlightenment. But if we disconnect these things from personal and civic responsibility, we risk fragmentation and disorder. Without a sense of unity, we raise relativism to an unhealthy level of prominence. Perhaps the image of the church as a body, with us as members or parts, can keep us from losing our way.
READ Romans 12:4-5
For just as each of us has one body with many members, and these members do not all have the same function, so in Christ we, though many, form one body, and each member belongs to all the others.
READ this passage again and consider these related questions.
As the church, what role does our individualism play?
What must we come to understand about unity in the body of Christ?
What does it mean to “belong to all the others”?
Read Galatians 5:13-15
1. With Galatians 5:1 as the basis, discuss what v.13 is saying to us.
2. Why is ”loving your neighbor” crucial to achieving unity in the church?
3. What is the importance of humility?
4. In v.15, why does Paul convey such an urgency?
Read Ephesians 4:29 – 5:2
5. How does this passage convey the importance of having a lifestyle that is consistent with leading a transformed life in Jesus?
6. Based upon how Jesus describes the Holy Spirit and His intended role for our lives in John 14-16 and other passages that you have read, discuss v.30.
7. Compare Galatians 5:16-26 to vv.30-32.
8. In keeping with our theme of unity, why is 5:1-2 essential for the church? (you may wish to reference Philippians 2:5-8)