Family Rx–Family of God
Love in our Church Family
True Love …
…Remembers relationship, not friendship, is the connection.
…Regards others above yourself.
…Retains enthusiasm despite setbacks.
…Rejoices in hope by being faithful in prayer.
…Responds to needs.
Take Home Idea: Authentic, agape love ought to govern and shape our relationships with one another in the church.
“Family Rx: Family of God” Small Group Questions
When you were growing up – what image did you or your family have of the church?
Positive? Negative? Why?
Review Pastor Joel's sermon and Take Home Idea. What struck you about the sermon?
What do you have questions about?
Look back Romans 12:1-2. How does your dedication to God show in your relationships in the church?
How is sincere love the general rule out of which all the other directives flow?
Compare and contrast Paul’s two love lists – Romans 12:9-13 and 1 Corinthians 13:4-8.
What observations do you make?
What is the difference between sincere and insincere love (see also 1 John 3:16-18)?
How does the command, “hate what is evil; cling to what is good” relate to “love that is sincere”?
In verse 12 Paul lists the “triplet of hope”. How does being faithful in prayer, help a person be patient in affliction? How does being patient in affliction, enable a person to be joyful in hope?
Why does Paul specify that we are to “share with God’s people who are in need”?
Shouldn’t we share with everyone (Gal. 6:10)?
How does the Christian view of hospitality differ from the world’s view? (see Luke 14:12-14).
How can you practice this “love” within our church?
Of the commands listed in this section, which two are the easiest for you to keep? Which two are the most difficult? Why?
Close this time sharing and praying together as a group.