Love is not to be construed as agreement and disagreement is not to be construed as hate. The gospel is best communicated when the conviction of those who believe it can be observed by those who don’t.
DISCUSSION QUESTIONS FOR SHEPHERD GROUPS
- What was one thing that you found particularly encouraging, challenging, or helpful in this message?
- Read and discuss 2 Timothy 2:24-26, Matthew 5:43-48, Proverbs 15:1, John 3:19-21, 1 Corinthians 4:11-13, 8:1-3, 1 Peter 3:9, Romans 12:17-21. What themes do you note? How are you challenged in how you view, express and recieve love?
- How has the definition of the word “love” changed over time? How is the cultural definition different from the biblical definition?
- What does it mean that “love requires sacrifice”? How does the gospel demonstrate this? How does your life need to reflect this?
- How does sin promote a narrative of divisiveness?
- How do we engage a world that sees Christians as unloving?
- As you look back over the past 15 months, do you believe you’ve been quarrelsome or allowed knowledge to triumph over love? Do you need to seek forgiveness from anyone for something?