LifeGroup Questions: Applying the Teaching to Our Life
- Outside of God and the characters in the Bible, who is your favorite illustration/example of love; someone in your family, someone you’ve heard about, someone you’ve read about? Tell your group about this example and why it resonates so much with you.
- Read v. 21 and v. 23. Why do you think it is so important to Jesus that people believe that he was “sent from God”?
- Of the 7 phrases describing the love God has for us, which one is most meaningful to you?
- Which one is the hardest for you to believe or connect with?
- How does it make you feel to think of God’s love as vulnerable (i.e. that he makes himself susceptible to rejection. In fact, the vast majority of the world rejects God’s love and yet He still reaches out with a love full of vulnerable tenacity.)
- God’s love is not reckless in that it’s careless or thoughtless, but in that he loves regardless of whether or not we will ever love him back. He loves KNOWING he will get hurt, blamed, rejected, hated, falsely accused, etc. Can you think of any examples in the Bible where God loved “with reckless abandon”?
- Review again the 7 phrases describing the love God has for us and close your group time praying that each of you will grasp the wonder of God’s love for you.
“The Incredible Prayer Jesus Prayed for You”
1. Jesus prays that we may be one as He and the Father are one.
Unity in diversity for the purpose of ministry
2. Jesus prays that the glory He has given us will unify us.
The glory of God is the love of God on full display.
3. Jesus prays that we will grasp the wonder of how God loves us.
His love is eternal, never ending
His love is unconditional, doesn’t depend on us
His love is extravagant, beyond reason
His love is vulnerable, with reckless abandon
His love is tenacious, never gives up
His love is sacrificial, intentionally self-giving
His love is personal, He knows and loves YOU
Core CHRISTlike Characteristic: Connected to God through the Word and Prayer/Loving God