Scripture: Romans 12:2, John 17:16
Swimming Upstream #1 - UNITY
One of the greatest challenges to following Jesus is that His ways are so different from what comes __________ to us and is ____________ in the larger culture.
“Do not be conformed to this age…” – Romans 12:2
“They are not of the world…” – John 17:16
To follow Christ faithfully, we must be willing to swim upstream against the __________ ____________ of our contemporary culture, and yet do it in such a way that is humble, gracious, and loving.
Jesus prays that His church will be unified (John 17:21).
Yet, we live in an age of __________ and never-ending ___________.
The Way of Jesus feeds unity, while our way feeds division…
The Way of Jesus is the way of _________, not the way of _________.
What is a culture of grievance?
The Way of Jesus is the way of speaking the ________ in love, not the way of _______. What is a culture of gossip?
How can we swim upstream against division and work for unity?
- Know who we are ______________. (Galatians 3:28)
- Do ________ to people _______ to resolve conflict. (Matthew 18:15)
Practice __________ with God and with people. (1 Thessalonians 5:18)