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.
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.
- Praise God for giving us 1 Corinthians 13 so that we have a clear picture of who He is.
- Praise God that He does not require us to earn His love.
- Praise God that He does not expect us to work at being more loving, but instead freely gives us a love that, ultimately, changes us.
Quick Connection: (5 minutes)
- Have you ever received or given a gift you felt was deserved?
- Have you ever received or given a gift you felt was not deserved?
Group Discussion: (30 minutes)
This week we continue our study of 1 Corinthians 13 (the Anatomy of Love) looking specifically at 1 Corinthians 13:7-8a: “Love keeps no record of wrongs. It always trusts, always hopes, always perseveres. Love never fails.”
- In Luke 15:2 (the context for the parables of the Lost Sheep, Lost Coin and Prodigal Son) we read that the Pharisees were offended that Jesus “welcomes sinners and eats with them.” Read Romans 3:10-12. What essential truth did the Pharisees not understand?
- Read I Corinthians 6:6-7. The Corinthians were more focused on punishing each other than they were on loving each other. Read I Corinthians 13:4-7. What essential truth did the Corinthians not understand?
- Read the parable found in Luke 15:11-31. In what way did the older brother try to earn the father’s love? In what way did the younger brother want to earn back the father’s love? Which brother do you resonate with? Why?
- Read I Corinthians 13:7-8a. Why do you think we want to earn God’s love rather than freely receive it? In what way do you find yourself wanting to earn or deserve God’s love?
- Read 1 Corinthians 4:6b-7 (preferably in the NLT). Why is it important to truly and deeply internalize the truth that God does not keep score, that He keeps no record of wrongs? How would this truth allow you to love yourself differently? To love others differently?
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.
- Praise God that His love keeps no record of wrongs.
- Ask God to help you receive His agape love so that you can extend the same love to others.
CHALLENGE FOR THE WEEK:
- Memorize 1 Corinthians 13.
RESOURCES FOR FURTHER GROWTH, DISCUSSION & DISCIPLESHIP