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 Does unity demand unanimity? or, can there be unity in diversity (of thought and opinion)?

What are, if any, the essential things we must agree on to be united?
 
Read John 17:20-26.

Why does Jesus pray that his disciples might be one?

What does it mean to be one?  Does it mean that we have to agree on everything?

In 1 Corinthians 12:31, Paul urges the church to pursue the more excellent way which he describes in 1 Corinthians 13.

What does the “more excellent way” look like in practice?

Jesus said that we were to be as perfect as God in showing love to all (see Matthew 5:48).

What keeps us from this perfection?  Do these excuses keep us from striving toward it?

Is there anyone you refuse to love?  Why?  What makes it so difficult to love that person?

What does it look like to love an enemy? to love someone who has wronged you or fundamentally disagrees with you on matters that seem important?



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