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Unity for Summit Seniors

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Think. How would you define unity?
. Q. What did Peter encourage believers to be?
1 Peter 3:8 ESV
8 Finally, all of you, have unity of mind, sympathy, brotherly love, a tender heart, and a humble mind.
1 Peter 3:8 ESV
8 Finally, all of you, have unity of mind, sympathy, brotherly love, a tender heart, and a humble mind.
. Q. How did Paul encourage the Corinthians to be unified?
2 Corinthians 13:11 ESV
11 Finally, brothers, rejoice. Aim for restoration, comfort one another, agree with one another, live in peace; and the God of love and peace will be with you.
2 Corinthians 13:11 ESV
11 Finally, brothers, rejoice. Aim for restoration, comfort one another, agree with one another, live in peace; and the God of love and peace will be with you.
. Q. In what 4 ways is unity described in this verse?
1 Corinthians 1:10 ESV
10 I appeal to you, brothers, by the name of our Lord Jesus Christ, that all of you agree, and that there be no divisions among you, but that you be united in the same mind and the same judgment.
1 Corinthians 1:10 ESV
10 I appeal to you, brothers, by the name of our Lord Jesus Christ, that all of you agree, and that there be no divisions among you, but that you be united in the same mind and the same judgment.

The World’s Unity vs. The Spirit’s Unity

. Q. What did Paul encourage the Ephesians to “keep?”
Ephesians 4:1–6 ESV
1 I therefore, a prisoner for the Lord, urge you to walk in a manner worthy of the calling to which you have been called, 2 with all humility and gentleness, with patience, bearing with one another in love, 3 eager to maintain the unity of the Spirit in the bond of peace. 4 There is one body and one Spirit—just as you were called to the one hope that belongs to your call— 5 one Lord, one faith, one baptism, 6 one God and Father of all, who is over all and through all and in all.
Ephesians 4:1–6 ESV
1 I therefore, a prisoner for the Lord, urge you to walk in a manner worthy of the calling to which you have been called, 2 with all humility and gentleness, with patience, bearing with one another in love, 3 eager to maintain the unity of the Spirit in the bond of peace. 4 There is one body and one Spirit—just as you were called to the one hope that belongs to your call— 5 one Lord, one faith, one baptism, 6 one God and Father of all, who is over all and through all and in all.
Oftentimes religious leaders act as would-be unifiers and call for unity “at any cost.”
_ Think. When might division be required instead of unity?
Read . Have you experienced this type of division since becoming a Christian? Why do you think there must sometimes be division and not peace?
Matthew 10:34–36 ESV
34 “Do not think that I have come to bring peace to the earth. I have not come to bring peace, but a sword. 35 For I have come to set a man against his father, and a daughter against her mother, and a daughter-in-law against her mother-in-law. 36 And a person’s enemies will be those of his own household.
Matthew 10:34–36 ESV
34 “Do not think that I have come to bring peace to the earth. I have not come to bring peace, but a sword. 35 For I have come to set a man against his father, and a daughter against her mother, and a daughter-in-law against her mother-in-law. 36 And a person’s enemies will be those of his own household.

Unity Through Maturity

After Paul listed the seven things which bring unity from diversity in , he went on to list the diverse spiritual gifts that exist within the unity of the church.
Ephesians 4:4–6 ESV
4 There is one body and one Spirit—just as you were called to the one hope that belongs to your call— 5 one Lord, one faith, one baptism, 6 one God and Father of all, who is over all and through all and in all.
. Each of these gifts is for the perfecting of the saints, for the work of the ministry, for the edifying of the body of Christ. In short, they produce spiritual maturity.
Ephesians 4:12–13 ESV
12 to equip the saints for the work of ministry, for building up the body of Christ, 13 until we all attain to the unity of the faith and of the knowledge of the Son of God, to mature manhood, to the measure of the stature of the fullness of Christ,
Q. According to verse 13, what result will the exercise of these gifts produce?
Q. Unity, knowledge of the Son of God and Christ-likeness are all marks of spiritual maturity. According to verse 14, what other mark of spiritual maturity goes together with unity and Christ-likeness?
Think. How do you think spiritual maturity contributes to church unity?
. Q. v1-2. How could Paul not speak to the Corinthians? Q. What do these verses indicate about their spiritual maturity?
1 Corinthians 3:1–4 ESV
1 But I, brothers, could not address you as spiritual people, but as people of the flesh, as infants in Christ. 2 I fed you with milk, not solid food, for you were not ready for it. And even now you are not yet ready, 3 for you are still of the flesh. For while there is jealousy and strife among you, are you not of the flesh and behaving only in a human way? 4 For when one says, “I follow Paul,” and another, “I follow Apollos,” are you not being merely human?
Q. v3-4. What evidence did Paul give of their spiritual immaturity?
. Q. What does God think about someone who “soweth discord among brethren?”
Proverbs 6:16–19 ESV
16 There are six things that the Lord hates, seven that are an abomination to him: 17 haughty eyes, a lying tongue, and hands that shed innocent blood, 18 a heart that devises wicked plans, feet that make haste to run to evil, 19 a false witness who breathes out lies, and one who sows discord among brothers.
. Q. What did Paul want God to do for the Romans?
Romans 15:5–6 ESV
5 May the God of endurance and encouragement grant you to live in such harmony with one another, in accord with Christ Jesus, 6 that together you may with one voice glorify the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ.
Q. On what basis were they to be likeminded? (according to..)
Q. What would the result of this like-mindedness be?

Unity Through Labor

. Q. How does this verse indicate that effort is required to maintain unity in the church?
Ephesians 4:3 ESV
3 eager to maintain the unity of the Spirit in the bond of peace.
. In verse 1 of this passage Paul is giving the reasoning or motivations for his exhortation to unity. The word if found in this verse can be better understood as “because.”
Philippians 2:1–2 ESV
1 So if there is any encouragement in Christ, any comfort from love, any participation in the Spirit, any affection and sympathy, 2 complete my joy by being of the same mind, having the same love, being in full accord and of one mind.
Q. What 4 things does Paul list as motivations for unity?
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Q. Being motivated by the 4 blessings in verse one, what does Paul exhort the church to do in verse 2?

Spiritual Attitudes That Maintain Unity

. Q. In this passage Paul is telling the Ephesians to walk worthy of their salvation and to work at maintaining unity in the Spirit. What six attitudes are essential for keeping this unity?
Ephesians 4:2–6 ESV
2 with all humility and gentleness, with patience, bearing with one another in love, 3 eager to maintain the unity of the Spirit in the bond of peace. 4 There is one body and one Spirit—just as you were called to the one hope that belongs to your call— 5 one Lord, one faith, one baptism, 6 one God and Father of all, who is over all and through all and in all.
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Think. How might exercising each of these attitudes help to maintain unity in the church?
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