Love | Group Study

 

Watch the short clips below, and answer the questions associated with each.  You can do this alone - but it's always more fun with a group of friends!

Be sure to read/study the scriptures in each section.  God's word is the standard by which we measure all our thoughts and ideas.

 

1 | etiquette

Don't slurp.  Don't slouch.  Shake hands firmly.  Salad fork goes on the left.

The reasons behind our etiquette and what's considered polite is sometimes hard to decode.  Are there any "polite" things or cultural expectations you find odd?

 

 

2 | the living word

Sometimes, the bible itself is a stumbling block for non-believers.  They may believe it is inconsistent, man-made, or simply for another time and another culture.

What do you think?  Are there mistakes in the bible?  Inconsistencies?  Is it inspired by God - or just a book?
What convinced you?

scripture: Hebrews 4:12-13, 2 Timothy 3:16

 

3 | flee from it

Our culture has become pretty relaxed on the subject.  Living together before marriage is seen as a wise step for young couples.  Watching pornography is portrayed as normal, healthy behavior.  There has been an explosion of sexual "freedom" in our culture.

How are we doing with that?  How is the church (all of us) doing with communicating the purity to which we are called?  Do we need press forward in this "fight?"  Do we need to pull back?

scripture: 1 Corinthians 6:18-20, 1 Thessalonians 4:3-5, Hebrews 13:4

 

 

4 | power of love

Love is a powerful force - there is no doubt.  Sustained and repeated acts of love can change any situation from bad to good.  If a relationship isn't going the way you'd hoped; whether it be a job, friend, or family relationship; giving more love seems to be the only right answer for Christians.

C.S. Lewis said “Do not waste time bothering whether you ‘love’ your neighbor; act as if you did. As soon as we do this we find one of the great secrets. When you are behaving as if you loved someone, you will presently come to love him.”

How can you apply this in your life?  Are there any relationships that need some more love "action" from you?

scripture: 1 Corinthians 13:1-3, Luke 6:35, 1 John 3:16-18