United In Christ
MISSIONAL COMMUNITY QUESTIONS
1. Read Ephesians 4:1-3. If possible, listen to the sermon(s) again.
2. Looking back over your notes from Sunday's sermon what was the most important truth from God's Word? Was there anything that particularly caught your attention, challenged you, or confused you? Any questions?
3. Find other passages of scripture that talk about patience, gentleness, and humility. Share them with the group and how we can apply them to our context. Also, admit where you may fall short in these areas or which of them causes you the most struggle and how we can bear one another’s burdens even as we struggle.
4.Gossip is many times listed with some of the more ‘egregious’ sins we see in scripture. Where does ‘gossip’ fit into this particular passage? Why is gossip so dangerous? How can we avoid becoming a ‘gossiping church’?
5. What is some examples of worldly wisdom that has crept into the church? Why is it sometimes so hard to recognize or refute?
6. Culture seems to be standing in stark contrast to a true call to unity. More and more it seems that society wants everyone labeled and categorized and ‘birds of a feather’ to stay together in their own bubbles.
How can Mission Church be known as the church that bucks that system? How can we as a people embrace unity through diversity and portray that to lost people who may never come to one of our gatherings?
7. Most of us are not outwardly arrogant. Examine your life, especially your thought life. Where do you struggle most with this tension between humility and pride? Why is that? How can you combat that?
8. What is the biggest threat to maintaining unity in our Christian community, specific to Mission? How can we go about preemptively avoiding that?
9. Read Galatians 5:16-26. What stands out to you in the two lists presented there by Paul. How does our identity matter when we think about the fruit of the Spirit?