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The Anatomy of Love - Week 3 - January 19/20

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BEFORE YOU GATHER

  • Familiarize yourself with this Group Study Guide.
  • If you missed it, CLICK HERE to watch the weekend sermon.
  • Spend some time in prayer before your group gathers.
  • To prepare for discussion, CLICK HERE for a few facilitation tips.
  • As a leader you always have the option to use some or all the questions and/or write your own questions.

GROUP DISCUSSION

Opening Prayer: (1-5 minutes)
In light of what God is saying through this week’s message, here’s some suggestions of how your group can invite God into your time together.

  • Thank God that He CHOOSES to love us.
  • Thank Him for loving you and not expecting ANYTHING in return.
  • Ask Him to start breaking down the walls/barriers for those who struggle with understanding, believing or receiving His love in your group or in your wider circle.

Quick Connection: (5 minutes)

What is your favorite part of a wedding ceremony? What is your least favorite part?

Group Discussion: (30 minutes)

This week we will explore the truth, “God IS love.” Take turns reading 1 Corinthians 13 out loud, verse by verse.

AGAPE: The kind of love that seeks the wellbeing of others without expecting anything in return.

  • What hurdles get in the way of someone fully understanding, believing and possibly receiving God’s agape love for then?
  • Describe the difference between choice and obligation. What emotions are often associated with each word?
  • Pastor Billy explained the differences between essence (that which makes something what it is) and attribute (a quality that belongs to a thing). Take time to read through a few of God’s essence AND attributes:

God’s Essence

God is Light - (1 John 5:9; Psalm 27:1)

God is Spirit – (John 4:24)

God is Love – (1 John 4:8)

God’s Attributes

Righteous - (Ezra 9:15)

Holy – (Revelation 15:4)

Sovereign – (Colossians 1:16)

Merciful – (Psalm 116:5)

Wrathful – (Romans 2:5)

Just – (Romans 3:26)

  • Referencing the incomplete list above, which essence or attribute would you add? Which essence or attribute do you resonate the most with during your current season in life?
  • Read 1 John 4:7-21. Since God IS love, what is our response to be to His love?

CLOSING PRAYER (5-15 minutes):
In light of what God is saying through this week’s message, here’s some suggestions of what your group could talk about with God in prayer.

  • Thank God that He calls each of us to Him by His love.
  • Ask God to begin showing each of you the barriers that may be in the way of you fully understanding His agape love for you.
  • Thank Him for his never ending, never failing agape love.

CHALLENGE FOR THE WEEK:

  • Take time to think, process and write out the ways that you SEE God’s agape love for you - both in the past and today.
  • Memorize 1 Corinthians 13.

RESOURCES FOR FURTHER GROWTH, DISCUSSION & DISCIPLESHIP

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