Oneness in Christ

October, November, December 2018

Want to learn more about Oneness in Christ? Use these Bible Studies for personal devotion, group Bible studies, or teaching a church class. Below are links to the lessons in this 4-part series.

Lesson 1: Creation and the Fall (Genesis 1-3 & 11)
Unity seems to be a word that has fallen out of popular favor. Diversity is the popular word of today. Like many current trends, it is a concept that has turned traditional thinking upside down. The motto of the United States is "Out of many, one." Diversity is supposed to progress to unity according to this motto, not the other way around. Is this traditional concept also a Biblical concept? Does God desire us to be unified or diversified? Let's plunge into our study of the Bible and find out!

Lesson 2: Causes of Disunity (Deuteronomy 28, 1 Kings 12, 1 Corinthians 1)
Why does God give us His laws? Is it a test to see if we are "good enough" to be saved? Or, good enough to be in a right relationship with Him? Many people think that, but that is not what the Bible teaches. Deuteronomy 4:5-8 tells us that God gives "decrees and laws" to make us "a wise and understanding people." God gives us His directions in life to bless us with a superior life. Living well brings glory to God and to us. Let's dig into our study of the Bible and learn more about God's laws and unity!

Lesson 3: "That They All May Be One" (John 17, Mark 9)
Do you seek glory? Are you what they call a "glory hound?" When you watch a sports team, and one player seeks all of the glory, do you think the team is unified? The way of the world is to seek personal glory. But, you may be surprised to learn that being a true Christian also brings you glory. Let's dive into our study of the Bible to learn more!

Lesson 4: The Key to Unity (Ephesians 4, Romans 14)
A lack of unity can be painful! At a church camp this weekend, a friend threw a football to me. I had to run to catch it, and just as I was getting my hands around it, my foot caught on the ground. Instead of falling forward on my face, I tucked in my shoulder, hit the ground, rolled and came up - still holding the football. It looked pretty good for an old guy like me. But, there was a failure of unity. My foot let me down, and my left shoulder took the kind of force not normally connected with typing! That night was painful! I'm still suffering the consequences. Let's explore what the Bible teaches us about unity in the body of Christ!

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