Love

Apr 30, 2017 by: Joel Sutton| Series: Fruit: It Does the Body Good
Scripture: Galatians 5:22–5:23, John 13

Love

Galatians 5:22-23; John 13

 

Fruit-like virtues:

  • Many different kinds
  • Natural outgrowth of a healthy plant.
  • Good for you.
  • Easily observed.

Interpersonal Qualities: Gal. 5:13-15; 26

Love: Acting in interest of others . . .
. . . no matter how we feel.
. . . no matter who they are.
. . . no matter what it costs.

Jesus’ example: John 13

Agape love transforms relationships.

Take Home Idea: When we live in the Spirit, a Christ-like love will transform our church.

 

 

"Love" Small Group Questions

Galatians 5:22-23; John 13

 

Opening:

Do you have a “green thumb” or not? Describe your best success in growing a fruit or vegetable.
Review Pastor Joel's sermon and Take Home Idea. What struck you about the sermon? What do you have questions about?

Dig: Read Galatians 5:16-26

What does Paul mean by “living in . . .” and “keeping in step with the Spirit”? Since we are made alive by the Spirit, why do you think we still struggle with sin?

What was going on in the church of Galatia (look at vs. 13-15, 19-21, 26)?

Compare the two words Paul uses to describe his two lists – “works of the flesh” in vs. 19 and “fruit of the Spirit” vs. 22. What insights does this give you? How do you grow the fruit?

Why does Paul start off this list of fruit with “love”?

Read John 13:1-17

What does Jesus know that escapes the disciples’ attention? What then, impresses you about Jesus washing their feet?

How does this act of Jesus demonstrate the “full extent of his love’?

Reflect:

Specifically, how will you put Jesus’ teaching from John 13 into practice this next week in at least one relationship at church?
How can you live by the Spirit and grow the fruit of the Spirit this week?
Close this time sharing and praying together as a group.

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