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What Does Love Require? - Week 3

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LEADER INTRO
With a new series, comes a new study guide! As a Community Group Leader, we want to offer you insight into Cornerstone's current series and how this relates to you and your Group. Please take a few minutes to review and watch the videos provided!

** INFO AND UPDATE VIDEO ADDED as of 1/26/20.

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GETTING STARTED

Read each statement. If the statement reflects something you knew before write a “K.” If the statement reflects something you learned, write a “L.” If the statement reflects something that deepened what you already knew, write a “D.” If the statement reflects something you want to learn more about, write a “W.”

  1. _____ Even after Jesus death and resurrection, the disciples were waiting for Jesus to free and restore Israel from Roman occupation. 

    -- Acts 1:6
  2. _____ First century Christians believed that Gentiles had to convert to Judaism before they could become Christ followers.

    -- Acts 15:7
  3. _____ Jesus came to FULFILL (complete) the Old Covenant.

    -- Matthew 5:17
  4. _____The 10 commandments addresses behavior while the Sermon on the Mount addresses our hearts.

    -- Matthew 5:21-48
  5. _____ The Old Covenant ended at the last supper.

    -- Luke 22:20
  6. _____ The book of Hebrews was written to the Jewish people. One of the author’s purpose of the book is to explain how Jesus is superior to the Old Covenant.

    -- Hebrews 1:1, 4:14, 7:22, 8:6-13 

CONVERSATION

  1. Pastor Steve gave several reasons why it is important to honor and study the Old Testament (Covenant.) For example, by studying the old covenant we learn about the heroes of our faith and the prophecies that a new covenant would come. By studying the Old Testament we are encouraged by beautiful promises that reveal the heart of God and discover the account of God’s relationship to his chosen people, Israel. Did any of these reasons resonate with you? How has studying the Old Covenant impacted your faith? Can you think of other reasons why it is important to study the Old Covenant?

  2. Acts 10:24 - 11:18  gives us an example of how Jesus' disciples recognized how they were mixing the old covenant with the new and shows us how they unburdened themselves with old. 

    1. Read or summarize the story. What is significant in this story? What stands out to you?

    2. What specifically did the disciples believe that was “Old Covenant”? What obstacles did they face in struggling with old covenant thinking? What about their thinking changed?

    3. What about this story is relevant to our faith today?

  3. The Old Covenant was transactional: If ________, then ______. Do you find yourself thinking If I _________, then God will________? 

    The New Covenant is not transactional, instead, it  purifies our hearts (Hebrews 1:1-4).

    Hebrews 7:11-28 (specifically 18-19) & 10:19-39 explain that “The law was only preparatory and brought nothing to fulfillment. The new covenant is better because it assures us of complete redemption and brings us into the very presence of God.” (NIV Study Bible Notes on vs. 19)

    How can knowing that Jesus ushers us into the presence of God change our thinking from “What do I need to do to earn the right to be in God’s presence?” to “God, will you purify my heart?”


 CONTINUE THE CONVERSATION

After each weekend sermon, our pastors and various church leaders, will sit down and have a 15-20 minute discussion around the weekend's sermon. Search for "CF Beyond Sunday" wherever you listen to podcasts, or watch on YouTube by tapping the button below. FYI - Week 3 of this particular series is Episode 32 and will be available on Sunday night (1/26).

BEYOND SUNDAY ON YOUTUBE

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