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Weekend Bible Study
Theme of the Week: Practicing Unity
Saturday, January 25, 2014

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God is a peacemaking God. He is a reconciling God. The central message of the gospel is that God has reconciled us to himself through Christ. He has also reconciled us with one another. One of the clearest pictures that we believe and are living out the gospel is inter-racial unity and diversity. In a world where enmity and divisions exist, they will know we are Christians by our love for one another (John 13:35).

  1. James warns against jealousy and selfish ambition (v. 14). In what ways might these be an obstacle to unity?
  2. How might seeking wisdom aid in reconciliation? (See vv. 17-18.)
  3. What are some of the benefits of being a peacemaker? (See also Matt. 5:9.)
  4. Spend time thinking about ways you can form connections with people of other cultures or ethnicities in your community. Commit to putting these into practice.

Key Study Passage:

James 3:13-18

Spend Time in Prayer: Ask God to give you a peacemaking heart that seeks to form friendships with people from other cultures and ethnicities. Ask him to help you pursue reconciliation in your community.

James 3:13-18

Two Kinds of Wisdom

13 Who is wise and understanding among you? Let them show it by their good life, by deeds done in the humility that comes from wisdom. 14 But if you harbor bitter envy and selfish ambition in your hearts, do not boast about it or deny the truth. 15 Such "wisdom" does not come down from heaven but is earthly, unspiritual, demonic. 16 For where you have envy and selfish ambition, there you find disorder and every evil practice.

17 But the wisdom that comes from heaven is first of all pure; then peace-loving, considerate, submissive, full of mercy and good fruit, impartial and sincere. 18 Peacemakers who sow in peace reap a harvest of righteousness.

Prayer for the Week
Lord, please help me to be persistent and patient in seeking out meaningful friendships with people from other cultures or ethnicities.

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