School of Love | My Brother's Keeper | Scott Gronholz

1 John 3:11-20

February 5, 2017

Review:  Which verse did you choose to keep close to help you refocus?  Did this intentional refocusing on the will of God have an effect on your week?
George challenged us to meet someone at least 10 years different in age than ourselves.  Who did you meet?

Introduction:  This is week four of our seven week sermons entitled “The School of Love”.  We are seeing what we are able to learn about love from the words of the apostle dubbed ‘The Apostle of Love”.  We are hoping to learn how we might live in intentional community designed to retrain our hearts in gospel love.

This week we see love that goes beyond simply being a feeling as we give of ourselves to help others flourish.

Pray:  Lord, you took on flesh and got your hands dirty in your creation.  Guide us you’re your scripture to put our love received from your hand, into action in the lives of those around us.  Amen.

Read: 1 John 3:11-20

Discussion:

  1. What does it mean to you to ‘love one another’?
    How do you show your love to others?  How have others shown love to you?

 

  1. Read Genesis 4:1-12.  What reason did Cain have to hate Abel?
    What did God say to Cain?  What positive choices were open to Cain?

  1. Read 1 Corinthians 13:4-8.  What parts of this definition of love were lacking in Cain’s heart?  What parts are hard for you to follow?

  2. John describes our love as a product of the love Christ first had for us in I John 3:16 and 4:19.  How do you understand love in these terms?

  3. What personally challenges you in the way scripture describes love toward others?  Read 1 John 3:18-20 with Romans 8:1-4

  4. What triggers you to close your heart to needs around you?

  5. What influences your decisions on how to use the resources of time, talent and treasure that God has entrusted to you?  Has anything in this week’s study caused you to modify your thinking?

Application:  This week try to find one person to extend God’s love toward tangibly.  Be prepared to share what happened with your group next week.

Pray:  Lord, open our hearts toward loving those around us.  Thank you for the constancy of your love toward us.  Amen.

 

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