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Overcoming Our Past Divisions (9 of 40)
Series: Emerge: Identity
Jesus Culture - Banning Liebscher
When we look at the natural world around us, it is easy to see that God loves uniqueness. We know this because everything in creation is distinct from everything else - from people to personal interests to rock formations to snowflakes.
Think about your relationship with your best friend. You probably have several similarities, but even in the closest of relationships, there are many, many differences. The uniqueness of your relationship with that one, specific friend is what sets that friendship apart from your other friendships.
God loves uniqueness. But in that, it sometimes can be difficult for His people to overlook our differences and see each other for who we are: children of God and members of the same family. When faced with significant differences, many of us want to run away from them, ignore them, or destroy them and rebuild. None of those options is a good option.
This week, we're going to look at how God made us all one in Christ. In our uniqueness, we are ''one new man'' in Him (Eph. 2:14-15). Our uniqueness is an expression of His beauty and His heart.
Main Scripture: Ephesians 2:11-18
EQUIP: The world is called to become children of God.
Have your group read EPHESIANS 2:11-18 and then focus on the observations and teaching points provided.
Teaching Point 1: The fruit of sin is division and separation.
- Sin caused a painful division between God and humanity, every race, and every person on the earth (Eph. 2:12).
- God desired to reconcile all people to Himself, but for a time He chose one people, the nation of Israel, to be His own (Jer. 31:32).
Every good love story involves two completely separate lives joining to become one life. Think about some of the more famous love stories that have been told and talked about for years, stories such as Princess Bride, Sleeping Beauty, and Beauty and the Beast ...
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