Defeating Division: Part 3 - The Best Tool

November 14, 2021


OneLife’s Angel Tree
The Christmas season is approaching, and it’s the perfect time for us to give back to those less fortunate. This year OneLife is continuing our partnership with McNabb Center’s Angel Tree program as well as providing angel tree gifts for children on the Northern Cheyenne Indian Reservation in Montana. The Angel Trees will be up in the lobbies of each of our campuses starting November 7. So mark your calendars and let’s kick off the Christmas season with generosity this year!

OneLife Students - #FriendsGiveBack Local Missions Project

This year for Thanksgiving, instead of a “Friendsgiving” night, OneLife Students will be having a “Friendsgiveback” night. On November 17 from 6:30-8pm, students will be serving at West High School doing several service projects within their building. If you’re in middle or high school we can’t wait to see you there. And parents, you’re invited as well!

Jingle Jam, November 28 & December 5

Jingle Jam is a Christmas Party big enough for the whole family! It’s an interactive Christmas presentation for kids and parents that’s full of exciting music, fun characters, and a unique perspective of Christmas like you’ve never experienced! Join us at 6pm on November 28 at our North campus and on December 5 at our East campus for this exciting night. And be sure to invite another family to join you. We can’t wait to see you there!



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Bottom Line: Defeating division like I've never seen before starts with caring like I've never cared before.

Romans 12:18 NIV
18. If it is possible, as far as it depends on you, live at peace with everyone.

Romans 12:14 NIV
14. Bless those who persecute you; bless and do not curse.

Bottom Line: Prayer is the tool that has the power to defeat division.

Matthew 5:44 NLT
44. But I say, love your enemies!#5:44 Some manuscripts add Bless those who curse you. Do good to those who hate you. Compare Luke 6:27-28. Pray for those who persecute you!

Romans 12:14 NIV
14. Bless those who persecute you; bless and do not curse.
1. Pray for God to do good for them.

Luke 23:34 NLT
34. Jesus said, “Father, forgive them, for they don’t know what they are doing.”#23:34a This sentence is not included in many ancient manuscripts. And the soldiers gambled for his clothes by throwing dice.
2. Pray with empathy.

Psalms 139:23-24 NIV
23. Search me, God, and know my heart;test me and know my anxious thoughts.
24. See if there is any offensive way in me,and lead me in the way everlasting.
3. Pray for my heart to be pure.

John 17:21 NLT
21. I pray that they will all be one, just as you and I are one—as you are in me, Father, and I am in you. And may they be in us so that the world will believe you sent me.
4. Pray like Jesus for unity.

Start Talking
When have you had to do something in a way that you have never seen it done before? What made it difficult? What did you have to do to be able to do it in a whole new way?

Start Thinking
Read Romans 12:18. Who does this verse make responsible for peace? How is this counter cultural or different than you've seen it done - or expected to be done - before?

Read the first sentence of Romans 12:9 in at least three different translations (use the Bible app or What do you think Paul, who wrote this, is trying to communicate? How do you think this is the secret ingredient to defeating division? Why is this kind of love so hard to live out?

Start Sharing
Read Philippians 2:3 in at least three different translations. What is the most difficult thing about doing what this verse teaches, especially when there is something that you are passionate about that someone else disagrees with?

How did Jesus do for you what Philippians 2:3 says? How does He do this for you every single day?

How have you experienced a fight being won but someone being hurt or their heart being lost in the relationship as a result? Maybe it was you who won or you were the won who was hurt - either way, was it really worth it?

Start Doing

What are some steps you can take with someone you have had division with that will show you care more about their heart than the fight, and so they can see how much you care before they care how much you know?

How would living out these principles put Jesus on display to those around you? How would it open up spiritual conversation opportunities with people where you live, work, and play?

Galatians 5:22 says that love, patience, and peace are the result of the Holy Spirit working in us rather than what we can do on our own. Next time you find yourself in a divisive situation or conversation, how can you be praying in that moment? What is a prayer you can pray or what can you ask God for in that moment of division?


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Share spiritual/missional conversations you've had where you live, work, and play:

Who did you have a conversation with that took a spiritual/missional turn this week?
What questions did you ask to discover where God is at work in their life, even if they are not aware?
How were you able to share your story of life change or how you have experienced Jesus?
How can you be intentional this week with people where you live, work, and play to have spiritual/missional conversations if the opportunity arises?
Who in your life do you think could be discipleable or open to spiritual/missional conversations?


Discuss the next step for your micro church. When will we gather again, and which purpose will it fulfill (missions, fellowship/care, growth, worship, multiplication)?


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