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Word One Bible Study: Working Towards Unity - Epiphany 3

Text: 1 Corinthians 1:10-18 for the Third Sunday after Epiphany, Lectionary Series A

Download a PDF of the Bible Study: Working Towards Unity - Epiphany 3 Epistle

Participants will:
1. Have a better understanding of why working together is so important with the Body of Christ.
2. Have some new ideas to help them learn to work together.


Materials Needed
Pencil or Pen

Group Guidelines
Divide into 4-7 people. Divide up according to age groups. Choose one group leader per group who will help keep the discussion going and will give every member a chance to participate.


Building Community
1.Have each person respond to the following questions about their group:
a.What makes our group different from the rest of the groups?
b.What are some positive uses for our group's differences?
c.What are some negative uses for our group's differences?M
d.Have the group leader write down one way your group is different from the others, in a spot where all the groups can see it on the newsprint or chalkboard.
2.When finished with the writing, the leaders return to their group.


Looking at God's Word
1.Have each person read one verse of 1 Corinthians 1:10-18.
2.The group leader should ask the following questions:
a.What is Paul concerned about within the Corinthians' church?
b.Why do you think the Corinthians formed groups around the church leaders?
c.When does following a leader become bad for the group?
d.Was Paul against groups in the church?
e.Why do you think Paul was wanting these groups to be united "in mind and thought?"
3.Have your group discuss and come up with one reason why unity in the church is still important today.
4.The group leader should write this idea down near the first idea they wrote on the board or newsprint.


Reinforcing What Has Been Learned
1.Have your small group name one positive way it can use its God-created difference to connect with other groups.
2.The group leader should write this idea down, near the first two written ideas.
3.At this time, have everyone from the small groups come together and form one large circle.
4.Review briefly what each group can offer the large group in building group community. Encourage group members to share their ideas.


Close with a circle prayer, asking for God's guidance in using the ideas for building unity in your group.


Originally published in Discovery Bible Studies 8, studies on the Epistle readings for lectionary series A, in 1995.

Republished and revised in January 2014 for thESource.

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