These daily online studies are adapted from our Quiet Time Bible Guide. The studies go through the Old and New Testaments in just over two years. The approach taken by our quiet time Bible studies does not include answers. The goal of the study is to help you dig into Scripture for yourself. You can go deeper using a commentary, Bible background guide or Bible handbook.

Ephesians 2:11-22: We Are One

For more context before you begin studying, read this introduction to the book of Ephesians.

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.

Warming Up to God

Consider what groups of Christians you disagree with or have trouble getting along with. Reflect on what causes these tensions. Ask God to open your mind and heart so that you can develop understanding.

Read Ephesians 2:11-22

Discovering the Word

  • Paul uses vivid imagery in this passage. What are some of these images?
  • What divided Gentiles from Jews (vv. 11-13)?
  • How are the two reconciliations Christ achieves related (vv. 14-18)?
  • How do the images Paul uses in verses 19-22 emphasize the unity Christians have with one another?

Applying the Word

  • What kinds of name-calling (perhaps even using biblical terms) do Christians in your church engage in?
  • What rules and requirements would you be inclined to enforce (like the law in verse 15) that might hinder people from coming into the kingdom?
  • What practical first step toward unity with another Christian can you take in the next week?

Responding in Prayer

Pray for unity in the church, that people would not be turned away from Christ by Christians who don't get along with each other.

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