DISCOVERY QUESTIONS

Series: Thrive
Sermon: Becoming One in Christ
Passage: Ephesians 4:1-7

Main Idea: In times of challenge, a unified church is a light to this world.

Leader GuidePDF Version (Participant)PDF Version (Leader)

GROUP DISCUSSION

Lean In

Purpose: Introduce topic and get the group talking.

1. What was one tradition, experience, or activity that brought your family or friends together growing up?


Look Down

Purpose: Observe the passage and interact with the text

2. Read Ephesians 4:1-7. What word or phrase in this passage sticks out to you, and why is that word important to the overall message? (i.e. humble, gentle, faith, baptism, etc.)

3. According to this passage, how is unity accomplished? What is our role in seeking unity? What do we look to God for in creating unity?


Look Out

Purpose: Connect observations in God’s Word with observations in our world today.

4. What are things in our culture that unify people? What are the limits you see for this kind of unity and where does it break down or fall apart?

5. What is the difference between the above mentioned examples of unity and the type of unity that the church is called to?


Look In

Purpose: Internalize God’s Word and apply the truth to your personal life.

6. In the past few months what are areas where you’ve seen or experienced division?

7. Where do you need to seek unity in places where you’ve let division fester?


Live It Out

Purpose: Spend time listening for God’s for direction and guidance as you seek to live out the truths of this passage in your everyday life.

8. Talk with God and ask him to show you areas in which you have let division grow. Ask for his wisdom in how to move forward seeking out unity.
Play Good Grace as you take individual time to respond to the following prompts (feel free to write down your thoughts/prayers).

9. Share with the group what you heard, and what Jesus might be inviting you to do this week.

LEADER GUIDE

Lean In

Purpose: Introduce topic and get the group talking.

1. What was one tradition, experience, or activity that brought your family or friends together growing up?

This question is designed as a lighter question to get the conversation started. Use if your group needs time to ease into the conversation.


Look Down

Purpose: Observe the passage and interact with the text

2. Read Ephesians 4:1-7. What word or phrase in this passage sticks out to you, and why is that word important to the overall message? (i.e. humble, gentle, faith, baptism, etc.)

3. According to this passage, how is unity accomplished? What is our role in seeking unity? What do we look to God for in creating unity?

Unity is not something that comes about through effort alone. Unity within the church is a gift of the Spirit. W e must endeavor to keep this unity – we do not create it. God never commands us to create unity among believers. He has created it by His Spirit; our duty is to recognize it and keep it.


Look Out

Purpose: Connect observations in God’s Word with observations in our world today.

4. What are things in our culture that unify people? What are the limits you see for this kind of unity and where does it break down or fall apart?

Whether music, sports teams, fraternities, causes, etc., we see many things to rally around. But when these experiences are over/done/won – the unity often fades away. In terms of priority, there are “greater things to fight for”.

5. What is the difference between the above mentioned examples of unity and the type of unity that the church is called to?

We are unified around something that is eternal. That changes things. We are also unified by God’s Spirit, which is everywhere and inside of us. According to this passage, we are called Christ’s body. A body cannot be out of unity – it must work in unison or else the whole thing will not work. (See 1 Cor. 12:12-30).


Look In

Purpose: Internalize God’s Word and apply the truth to your personal life.

6. In the past few months what are areas where you’ve seen or experienced division?

7. Where do you need to seek unity in places where you’ve let division fester?

For these questions, allow the group to discuss areas in the world first, but help them quickly move towards discussing their own areas of disunity. As you lead this part of the discussion, be aware that you will be spending time in listening prayer to help identify where there might be areas of disunity in your lives. You may want to go to Question 8 first, and then come back to question 7 if the group is having a hard time identifying or opening up about where they are lacking unity or allowing division to exist.


Live It Out

Purpose: Spend time listening for God’s direction and guidance as you seek to live out the truths of this passage in your everyday life.

8. Talk with God and ask him to show you areas in which you have let division grow. Ask for his wisdom in how to move forward seeking out unity.

Play Good Grace as you take individual time to respond to the following prompts (feel free to write down your thoughts/prayers).

9. Share with the group what you heard, and what Jesus might be inviting you to do this week.

End these questions with a reminder to spend time in prayer for each other this week. There may also be
issues of disunity that exist within your own group – don’t be afraid to bring that up! As the body of Christ, the unity that Paul talks of is specifically for us. If we are unable to live this type of unity or exhibit bravery to engage in the conversation, how are we to seek unity with others who are not believers?