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The Anatomy of Love - Week 6 - February 9/10

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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 for His selfless, unconditional love given to us in Jesus.
  • Ask the Holy Spirit to open your hearts to receive more of God’s love.
  • Ask God to open your eyes to see people who are hungry for love.

Quick Connection: (5 minutes)

When have you longed to be with someone you loved? Who was the person, and what was the circumstance?

Group Discussion: (30 minutes)

This week we will close the Anatomy of Love study by exploring applications of “love never fails” and “love abides” (1 Corinthians 13:8,13).

  • Describe your response as you read this statement aloud: “God longs for me, (insert your name), with agape love.” What thoughts come to mind? What do you feel? How are you growing in receiving God’s agape love?
  • Picture agape love as the Amazon River during rainy season, up to 24 miles wide, with a source that never runs dry. The Holy Spirit gives you access to this river (Romans 5:5). How are you making yourself available to the Spirit to receive agape love? Brainstorm ways to increase your availability and receiving this week.
  • Describe the connection between receiving and giving agape love. How can you dip into the “river of agape love” to give to others?
  • God’s love keeps going when ours stops. Share a recent situation in which your love ran short. If Jesus had physically walked into the situation with a huge vat of agape love to pour over you (and only you could see Him), would it have changed anything?
  • Busyness blocks your receiving and giving of agape love. Describe a time when busyness almost blinded you to someone needing agape love. When you “saw” the person, was agape love released in you?
  • Unforgiveness blocks your receiving and giving of agape love. Who is God calling you to forgive? What is your response to God’s call?
  • Read 1 Corinthians 13 once more, out loud, slowly, savoring the agape love of Jesus.

 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.

  • Pray for release from busyness and unforgiveness
  • Pray Ephesians 3:17-19 (greater dimensions of agape)
  • Pray for the repairing of the East Bay fabric through your sharing of agape love.

CHALLENGE FOR THE WEEK:

  • Wrap up memorizing 1 Corinthians 13.
  • Boldly share agape with someone each day as the Spirit leads.
  • Write a letter to Jesus, telling Him you are opening up to receive more of His agape love. Read it out loud to Jesus as a prayer. 
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