Factoid: Notice the verb “walk” (ESV) in v. 4. (Hint: the NIV translates the same word used in verse 4 as “live”. (See above discussion.)
After the last three chapters explain God’s plan and our new position in Christ, how does Paul admonish us to live? Why? Is it easy? How does following Christ give us a new perspective that helps with this goal?
Why might unity be such a big goal for Paul? Are Christians knows better for unity or divisiveness? Why is unity so hard for many Christians?
Does unity mean ignoring our differences? What differentiation is there in the Body of Christ?
The roles described in verse 11 are often referred to as the Five-Fold gifts. Where do these gifts come from? What does each do? What’s the purpose of these gifts? Which of these gifts are still needed today? What other roles are described in Scripture? (See 1 Corinthians 12:28 and Romans 12:7-8.)
Excurses: Some argue against the concept of “Spirit Baptism” in Pentecostalism or baptizing people who were baptized as an infant and come to faith later in life. Can verse 5 be used to argue these points? Why or why not?