Actually Love – Part 2 – “Making it Last”
Sermon by Greg MacRobbie – Sunday, February 23, 2020
What is love and how do we make it last?
Life Group Study Guide
Scripture: 1 Corinthians 13
Valentine Fails: Ever experience or witness a well-intentioned Valentines gesture gone wrong? Flowers wilting way too soon, the wrong name written in a card, messed up restaurant reservations, flat out forgetting Valentines? Share your story with the group…
1. Was there something in this week’s teaching that particularly struck you or got you thinking?
2. Read 1 Corinthians 13:1-7. Many assume that Paul is writing here about a personal romantic relationship with your partner. If you take a look at the context (i.e. chapter 12 & 14), its obvious that Paul was writing about what love looks like at the church level – how all of us parts of the church family ought to treat each other…How does this affect the way you read it?
3. Of the list of ways love expresses itself in v.4-7, which do you find easier to put into practice? Which do you find harder? Why?
4. Read John 13:34-35. How would you score your own love for the church and for lost people, using the example of Jesus as a measuring stick?
What part of Jesus example of love do you think you need to learn from most today?
5. Many hold back from loving others out of fear they will be taken advantage of. Bearing in mind that loving as God loves doesn’t mean doing or agreeing with everything another wants, but doing what is actually best for him or her, how can we demonstrate godly love without becoming an enabler of sin in another person’s life? Does Jesus’ example give any guidance?
6. Read John 15:5-13. Where do we find the power to put this level of love into practice in our lives? How do we ‘remain / abide’ in Jesus?
How can we help each other get stronger at remaining/abiding in Jesus? What can we do in our triad breakouts (for prayer) to raise the level of accountability so that we can better help one another in this journey?
What steps could you begin to take that would strengthen
- your commitment to grow in love
- your appreciation of the example Jesus set for love
- your ability to tap into the power God supplies to remain loving when others are not lovable?
What is God saying to you from His Word? What are you going to do about it?