This is the last chapter of my book, Sonshift: Everything Changes in the Father’s Embrace and the last week of our discussion. This chapter is called “Relation Shift.”
I invite you to respond to some or all of these questions. Also, please give additional comments on the chapter that my questions don’t address. My only rules are that you’ve actually read the chapter and that your answers are brief. Okay, here we go!
Chapter Ten: Relation Shift
This final chapter is about our relationship as believers in the body of Christ. There’s only one body of Christ. There never has been or ever will be more than one body. What if our ability to walk “in the unity of the faith” and love shows our spiritual maturity, not our doctrinal prowess? (Eph.4:13). Indeed, this is how Jesus said the world would know we are His, and they would find that He loves them like He loves us (John 13:35; 17:23). Yet, we seem to thing other things are more important.
“The secret to unity is to live in the reality of our “common-unity” with Jesus and the Father. When we see ourselves in union with the Father in Christ, we will see ourselves in union with one another.” (p. 219, Kindle loc. 3668)
- While there’s only one body of Christ, there’s thousands of denominations and schisms in the church today. How might we maintain our diversity without being divisive?
- Why is it so important to understand that everyone doesn’t have to agree with our particular interpretation of the Bible in order to be in union with them in Christ?
- How would you handle relationships where you are not in doctrinal agreement with another brother or sister in Christ?
- Where might fear, insecurity, or not understanding who we are in Christ come into play in our relationships with one another in Christ?
- How might a revelatory understanding of our union with Christ in God automatically bring us into union with one another?
- The author states that God is love in all of His attributes. Why is understanding this important in our relationships with one another?
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Now, it’s your turn…