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What Does Love Require? - Week 4

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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!

Sermon Series Resources for Leaders


GETTING STARTED

Below is a list of statements from this weekends’ sermon. Read each statement. If you agree with the statement, write an “A”. If you agree with the statement but struggle with the concept write a “S”. If you are unsure if you agree or disagree with the statement write an “U”. If you disagree with the statement write a “D”.

A = Agree
S = Agree but struggle with the concept
U = Unsure if you agree or disagree
D = Disagree

  1. _____ Our quest to get closer to God can become self-centered.
  2. _____ We usually know whether or not what we do hurts someone else or honors someone else.
  3. _____ Both the person who is trying to see what they can get away with and the person who is trying to gain intimacy with God for the sake of moving up God’s list of favorites are people who live with an Old Covenant mindset.
  4. _____ The religious leaders of Jesus day believed that a commitment to upholding all the laws God made in the Old Testament is proof of loving God with all your heart, soul, mind, and strength. 
  5. _____ We cannot separate loving God with loving others. They are, in fact, the same thing. 
  6. _____ An active, consistent, constant, persistent love of our neighbor is what proves our love for God. 

CONVERSATION  

1. Read Matthew 22:34-40. Take a minute to explain in your own words what you think Jesus is trying to teach us in this passage.

What Jesus said in Matthew 22 was radically different than the way the religious leaders were loving God. Under the Old Covenant, loving God was synonymous with obeying His rules. 

a. How does this passage reframe the way God wants us to love Him?

b. How is obeying God connected to loving his people?

c. Do you ever find you have a mental checklist of behaviors that you check off to make sure that you are being a “good Christian?” What kinds of things are on that list? Does your list reflect what God asks of His people? 


2. Luke 10:25-37 tells the parable of the good samaritan. Read the story. 

a. What things did the Samaritan do for the man who fell into the hands of the robbers?

When Jesus asked who was the neighbor to the man, the expert of the law replied with, “The one who had mercy on him.” 

b. Can you recall a time when you were shown mercy? Do you have an example of a time when you showed mercy?

c. Who in your life is in need of mercy this week? How can you expand the boundaries of love by showing radical mercy?


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 4 of this particular series is Episode 33 and will be available on Sunday night (2/2).

BEYOND SUNDAY ON YOUTUBE

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