How can ordinary Christians today make an impact on their world? How can our lives make a difference to those who don't know Christ? How can we live in unity with one another as God intended? In his high priestly prayer, Jesus prayed to His Father, "I in them and You in Me. May they be brought to complete unity to let the world know that You sent Me and have loved them even as You have loved Me." (John 17:23) Clearly, Jesus intended that His followers live in unity, not because it’s more pleasant, but for a strategic purposeto communicate the essential truth of the gospel to the world. How can we do this?
The New Testament is full of answers. Almost one hundred times we are told how to treat one another. There are positive commands telling us what we should do and negative commands telling us what we should avoid. Taken together, these "one another" passages form the framework for unity. They teach us how to become one, so that the world may know that the Father sent the Son to offer each person eternal life. This study addresses ten of the most prominent "one another" commands, considering each one inductively, yet topically.
Each chapter builds on the pervious one, so that as a small group meshes, the accountability and intimacy levels increase. It's ideal for individuals or small groups interested in church growth, evangelism, outreach, and in "being the church.”
The study has 12 lessons, but because of the discussion they generate, we recommend that groups spend two weeks on a lesson, making it perfect for a nine-month study (with room for a few non-study weeks). Each lesson requires approximately two hours of homework (or one hour per week if you take two weeks). The study is designed for a facilitated discussion and does not require a teaching segment.
8.5 by 11" loose-leaf, three hole punched, 90 pages.