BEFORE YOU GATHER
- If this is one of your first group meetings, 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 and/or CLICK HERE to review and remind your group of the Group Agreement.
- 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 weekend’s message, here are some suggestions of how your group can invite God into your time together.
- Thank Him for each individual in your group, for bringing you together with your unique differences, varying backgrounds, beliefs and upbringings.
- Pray and ask that He would reveals ways to demonstrate love to one another through your words and actions.
- Thank Him for the example of love and grace He gives. Ask for guidance and understanding as you explore His words.
Quick Connection: (5 minutes)
As a child, were you a rule follower or a rule breaker?
Group Discussion: (30 minutes)
This week we began our newest series, “ The Greatest,” where we will unpack the two greatest commandments which are found in Mark 12:28-34: Love God and Love others.
Open your Bibles and ask a few people to read the following verses out loud: 1 John 4:10-11, 1 Peter 4:8-9, 1 Corinthians 13:4-7, John 13:34-35, 1 John 4:7, Romans 5:8 and Colossians 3:14.
- Describe love. How and where do you see love the most? How and where do you see love the least?
- What should it look like to love someone else, knowing that God loves everyone?
- Describe a time when you experienced someone (maybe even yourself) choosing to “argue and be right” instead of “act right.”
- Loving God with everything can and should be untamed and free in a “giving it all you've got” sort of way. Share about a time when you gave something “all you've got.” What did that look/feel like internally? What did that look like externally?
- In Pastor Steve Ingold's sermon he refers to the concept of loving horizontally AND vertically. What does it look like to love horizontally? What does it look like to love vertically?
- If Jesus commands us to love, what does love demand of us?
CLOSING PRAYER (5-15 minutes):
In light of what God is saying through this week’s message, here’s a few suggestions of what your group could talk about with God in prayer.
- Ask for the eyes to see the things that are competing with God in your life. Ask then for the courage to get rid of anything getting in the way of experiencing His love.
- Praise Him for those in your lives that are a source of love. Ask for help in recognizing who in your lives we are not quick to show love to, ourselves included.
CHALLENGE FOR THE WEEK:
- Spend time sitting with and praying through the question “What does love demand of me?”
- Memorize Mark 12:30-31.
RESOURCES FOR FURTHER GROWTH, DISCUSSION & DISCIPLESHIP: