LifeGroup Questions: Applying the Teaching to Our Life
- Read John 13:33. Why did Jesus call his disciples “little children”? Do you think this offended them? What do you think they were feeling when he said these words?
- Jesus’ words in v. 34 are a command not a suggestion. Why do you think committed followers of Jesus treat it more like something to strive for instead of a command to obey?
- Are there any other ways Jesus specifically loved his disciples that you would have included under point 2?
- Which of the 12 ways Jesus loved his disciples do you find most compelling? Which is hardest? Which one or two do you want to specifically work on this week?
- Read John 13:31a and 34. As we heard in the sermon, Jesus gives his memorable commandment to love one another as he loved them immediately on the heels of Judas leaving to betray him. What does that teach you about the power of enduring, persevering love?
- Read John 13:21-31a. Have you ever been betrayed or experienced some other type of loss (e.g. death of a loved one, loss of a close friend, etc.) that affected how you love and trust others? If so, how?
- Jesus’ way of loving the disciples was a 24/7 lifestyle, not something he did one place and ignored in another. How can you make his lifestyle your lifestyle?
The Basis for our Joy in Christ
The basis for our Joy in Christ
- is not due to this world
- Not due to our inherent faithfulness
- is tied to our connection to the Father.
What do I do if I am Joyless?
1: Confess sin
2: Make use of the means of Grace:
- The Word
- The daily occupation of the heart with Christ
- Dwelling constantly on the future that awaits us.
- Proclaiming to others the riches of knowing Christ.
Core CHRISTlike Characteristic: Connected to God through the Word & Prayer/Loving God