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  • 1. EPHESIANS BIBLE STUDY<br />5 We Are One<br />Ephesians 2:11-22<br />Many of us have sung, "We are one in the Spirit; we are one in the Lord." But we also continue to find ourselves at odds with Christians who believe or live differently than we do. Such problems were just as common in Paul's day as in ours.<br /> <br />1. What groups of Christians do you disagree with or have trouble getting along with?<br /> <br /> <br /> <br /> <br /> <br />What causes these tensions?<br /> <br /> <br /> <br /> <br /> <br />2. Read Ephes. 2:11-22. Paul uses vivid imagery in this passage. What are some of these images?<br /> <br /> <br /> <br /> <br />What are they intended to communicate?<br /> <br /> <br /> <br /> <br /> <br /> <br />3. How does Ephes. 2:11 emphasize the ill feeling between the Jews and the Gentiles?<br /> <br /> <br /> <br /> <br /> <br />4. What name calling do Christians engage in today—perhaps even using biblical terms?<br /> <br /> <br /> <br /> <br /> <br />5. Besides some superficial differences between Jews and Gentiles, there were also some very real divisions What are some of the things that divided Gentiles from Jews (Ephes. 2:12)?<br /> <br /> <br /> <br />6. How does the bond we have in the blood (death) of Christ supersede all that divides us from other Christians (Ephes. 2:13)?<br /> <br /> <br /> <br /> <br /> <br />7. According to Ephes. 2:14-18, what two reconciliations does Christ achieve?<br /> <br /> <br /> <br /> <br /> <br />How are they related?<br /> <br /> <br /> <br /> <br /> <br />8. There was a literal "dividing wall of hostility" (Ephes. 2:14) in Jerusalem. The Court of the Gentiles was separated from the Temple proper by a stone wall. This wall had a sign on it forbidding entrance to any foreigner on pain of death. Paul says Christ destroyed this barrier "by abolishing in his flesh the law with its commandments and regulations" (Ephes. 2:15). In what sense did the cross abolish the law?<br /> <br /> <br />What rules and requirements do we enforce which might hinder people from coming into the kingdom?<br /> <br /> <br />  <br /> <br />9. We still see divisions among Christians today even though Christ himself is our peace (Ephes. 2:14-18). How can those who are united in Christ still be divided?<br /> <br />  <br /> <br /> <br />10. How do the images Paul uses in Ephes. 2:19-22 emphasize the unity Christians have with one another?<br /> <br /> <br /> <br /> <br />11. How is the reconciliation of Jews and Gentiles to each other and to God (Ephes. 2:11-22) one fulfillment of God's will and purpose in Christ (Ephes. 1:9-10)?<br /> <br /> <br /> <br /> <br />12. What practical first step toward unity can you take in the next week with Christians you differ with?<br /> <br />

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