Introduction: What does unity mean? Does it mean that we give up
personal opinion? Does it mean that we no longer compete with each
other? Does it mean that we look, talk and act like other church
members? When Jesus prays that we will all be “one,” in the same way
the Trinity is one ( John 17:21), what does that mean? If unity is
essential to revival, and it seems it is, we need to understand what
unity means. Our lesson this week is about unity. Let’s dive into
study of the Bible and learn more!

  1. Unity with God

    1. Let’s read part of a prayer of Jesus in John 17:11-12.
      What do you think Jesus means by “I protected them and
      kept them safe by that name you gave Me?”

      1. Read Philippians 2:9-11 and Revelation 19:12. What do
        these suggest about the “name?” (A name identifies a
        person. God and Jesus agreed upon His mission to save
        us. That is an important part of Jesus’ identity.
        Being with Jesus on His mission protected the
        disciples while Jesus was with them.)

    2. Look again at John 17:11 and read John 17:20-21. Twice
      Jesus refers to His disciples becoming “one” as He is
      “one” with God. What did it mean for Jesus to be one with
      God? (The doctrine of the Trinity is that they are
      literally one.)

      1. What does it mean, then, for us to be one with God?
        (We need to ask God for help to understand. This
        means that either the Trinity is a broader definition
        of “one” than I previously thought, or it means that
        Christians have a closer identity with God than I
        previously thought.)

    3. Let’s see if we can unravel this. Look again at John
      17:21. Jesus notes that the Father is “in” Him and He is
      “in” the Father. Read 1 Corinthians 6:19. What does this
      say about the Holy Spirit dwelling in us? (It says the
      same thing, that the Holy Spirit dwells in those seek that
      kind of relationship.)

    4. Read Romans 8:5-8. What separates the saved from the
      unsaved? (Whether we decide to allow the Holy Spirit to
      control our thinking.)

      1. Read Romans 8:9-11. How do we ask the Holy Spirit to
        control our thinking? (Notice this – “if the Spirit
        of God lives in you,” then you are saved.)

      2. Let’s circle back to this issue about unity within
        the Trinity, and your unity with God. After reading
        these verses in Romans 8, how do you understand your
        unity with God? (Our unity with God is asking the
        Holy Spirit to live in us, and to guide our thoughts
        and our actions. If we make the decision to be in
        unity with God, then we “belong” to Jesus. If we
        reject that unity and let our minds be “controlled by
        the sinful nature,” then we die as rebels against
        God. Romans 8:6-8.)

  2. Unity in the Church

    1. Read 1 Corinthians 12:12-13. What does the Bible mean when
      it says “Christ” is like a body? (It is a reference to
      Christians. Those who believe in Jesus are like a body.)

      1. Why does a body teach us about unity? (Different
        parts have to coordinate in order for the body to
        work properly.)

      2. What does the Holy Spirit have to do with Christians
        being a body? (The Holy Spirit unifies us! Think
        again about our discussion of how the Holy Spirit
        living within us unifies us with God. We now find
        that the Holy Spirit also unifies us with fellow

      3. If we want to know exactly what unity in the church
        means, should we look at how the Holy Spirit works?

    2. Read 1 Corinthians 12:1-3. Where do we obtain “spiritual
      gifts?” (From the Holy Spirit. The way the Holy Spirit
      gives gifts gives to us is a picture of what it means to
      be “one.”)

    3. Read 1 Corinthians 12:4-6. What does this reveal about
      whether unity means we all think and work the same way?

      1. What is different among the united? (Gifts, service
        and working.)

      2. What do the united hold in common? (Same Spirit, Lord
        and God.)

    4. Read 1 Corinthians 12:7. Why do we all have different
      gifts, service and works? (The goal is to promote the “big
      picture,” the common good.)

    5. Read 1 Corinthians 12:8-10. I understand that some have
      wisdom and some knowledge. Why is “faith” a gift? I
      thought we all are supposed to have faith?

      1. What about gifts of healing and miracles? Can’t we
        all pray for someone to be healed, or pray for a

      2. What does this say about a person who has no regular
        connection to a church? One who does not regularly
        worship with other believers? (God gives all of us
        some measure of wisdom, knowledge, faith and healing.
        The point is that some have special gifts in one
        area. We only take advantage of special gifts given
        to others by working together.)

    6. Look again at 1 Corinthians 12:10. What does it mean to be
      able to “distinguish between spirits?” (This reveals that
      the Holy Spirit is not alone in trying to influence our
      actions and deeds.)

    7. Read 1 Corinthians 12:11. Who coordinates these gifts in
      the church? (The Holy Spirit. Again, this shows how
      important it is to be part of a Spirit-led church!)

    8. What does unity with God, through a Spirit-led mind, say
      about unity with fellow Christians? (The Holy Spirit is
      the coordinator of it all!)

  3. Unity in Action

    1. We skipped over 1 Corinthians 12:3. Let’s go back and read
      it. Why can’t we fake praising God? Haven’t you heard
      Christians who you thought were fakes?

      1. Doesn’t the gift of “distinguishing between spirits”
        (1Corinthians 12:10) prove that some are fakes?

    2. Read Luke 11:14-16. Why are these people making these
      charges against Jesus? (They were testing whether he was a
      fake or not.)

      1. Why would Satan drive out demons through someone? (So
        that you would follow a false teacher.)

    3. Read Luke 11:17-20. What does Jesus say about Satan
      driving out Satan? (He says it is not possible. When Satan
      starts hurting himself, it is the beginning of the end of
      his power.)

      1. Re-read 1 Corinthians 12:3. Does Jesus’ statement in
        Luke 11 support this? (Yes.)

      2. What does this teach us about unity? (There are some
        very basic principles about unity. We are on one side
        or the other. Good works come from Jesus and bad
        works come from Satan.)

    4. Read Matthew 7:15. Wait a minute! What is Jesus saying
      about prophets? (That fake prophets exist.)

      1. How can that be since we just agreed that you are on
        one side or the other?

    5. Read Matthew 7:17-20. How does this help us with the unity
      issue? Can someone say, “Jesus is Lord” and be a supporter
      of Satan? (Matthew 7 supports the unity concepts we have
      been discussing. It tells us that words and deeds will be
      consistent. But, it tells us to look closely. Just
      listening to a few words should not end our

    6. Read Matthew 7:21-23. These are “gold standard” deeds.
      When Jesus says “I never knew you,” does he mean they were
      done by the power of Satan? (Luke 11 taught us that was
      impossible. These deeds must have been done through the
      power of God.)

      1. How do you explain this?

    7. Read Matthew 7:24-27. How does this teaching help us to
      spot fakers? (Jesus tells us that words and deeds must be
      in unity.)

      1. What does this teach us about unity? (Unity has
        several layers. Not only is there a unity among
        believers in the church, but we need to have a unity
        in our personal life. There must be a unity between
        our words and our deeds. The whole package
        distinguishes the fakers (those on Satan’s side) from
        those who are genuine (on God’s side).)

      2. Think back to the beginning of our discussion about
        the Holy Spirit living in us and making us one with
        God. Can you see how unity with God must be reflected
        in our works?

    8. Friend, will you commit today to choose to have the Holy
      Spirit live in you? Will you choose to have unity with God
      and unity with fellow believers?

  4. Next week: Discernment: The Safeguard of Revival.