Merge Week 3
Friends don’t let differences divide them.
John 17:20–23; 1 Corinthians 12:12; Psalm 133:1
What three songs would you contribute to a road trip playlist? Would you want only similar songs on the playlist, or would you be cool with a bunch of different types of songs?
Would you say your three closest friends are pretty similar to you? In what ways are you different?
Have you ever had (or still have) a friendship with someone different than you? How did that happen? What was/is that like?
Why do you think making friends with people who are different from you is challenging?
What stands out to you in Jesus’ prayer for unity?
What questions do you have about Jesus’ prayer to be one?
What do you think about the idea that the church is one body with many parts? Is it helpful or confusing? Why?
Which of these action steps is the most difficult for you to do and why?
Be curious about differences.
Honor others’ stories.
Learn about what they love.
Who is someone you know who is good at ensuring differences don’t divide their friendships? What do you think makes them so good at it? What is one thing they do that you could start doing?
Read Romans 12:16–18. How does this passage help you see that friends don’t let differences divide them? What is one change you will make this week to pursue unity?