Know God, make friends, find support for your life.
The reason we do what we do is that Jesus “was delivered up for our trespasses and raised for our justification” (Romans 4:25, ESV). Glory to God!
Suggestions. Take time to greet each other and to welcome any new participants. You can share coffee and dessert while you are having the lesson.
Part 1. Briefly review the main points of Sunday’s sermon (the main points are marked with an asterisk*), and let the participants review the other points in their homes.
- God is love (1 John 4:8).*
- The Father loves the Son (John 3:35, 17:5).
- God loved humanity (Genesis 2:8).
- Humanity rebelled against God (Genesis 3:6).
- God loved the world so much He gave His Son to save humanity (Genesis 3:15, John 3:16-17).*
- You need to recognize that you’re a sinner, repent from sin, believe in Jesus (that He is the Son of God, that He died for your sins, that He resurrected, that He is at the right hand of God), and embrace Jesus.
- Only those who receive Christ benefit from God’s love (Romans 5:5, Galatians 2:20).
- We must love each other as brothers, genuinely, and sacrificially (John 13:31-35, Romans 12:9-10, John 15:11-13).*
- Those who truly love God truly love others (1 John 4:8)
- Love produces unity (Colossians 3:14)
- Love is a sign of spiritual maturity (1 Corinthians 13:11)
- Love behaves in specific ways (1 Corinthians 13:4-8)
- The church is not a place to judge but to help (Galatians 6:1-2)
- Do all things in love (1 Corinthians 16:14)*
- Check your motivation (thoughts, feelings, why you do it)
- Check your purpose (intention, goals, objectives)
- Check your communication (expression, gestures, tone, words)
- Check you actions (what are you doing or saying?)
- Check your conscience (do you have any doubts about whether you are truly motivated by love, whether you are seeking to love—bless, edify—, whether you are expressing love, and whether what you are doing and saying demonstrates love).
- Proceed with faith in God (that He enables you to love others)
- To love, you need the Spirit to
- produce His fruit in you (Galatians 6:5:22-23)
- walk in the Spirit and be led by the Spirit (Galatians 5:16-18)
Part 2. Invite the participants to share their answers to the questions below.
In what way are the points above relevant to you and to God’s people? How can you apply these principles to your own life?
Part 3. Invite the participants to share their answers to the questions below. The rest can respond to the participants or pray for them as the Holy Spirit guides them.
What are you enjoying in life? How has God blessed you? How has God answered your prayers? What do you believe God wants to do in you? What do you believe God wants to do through you?
Take time to pray and thank God for each other.
Part 4. Invite the participants to share their answers to the questiosn below. The rest can respond to the participants or pray for them as the Holy Spirit guides them.
What challenges and difficulties are you facing in your life? What do you think God wants to accomplish in your life through these trials? What do you need from God during these trials? How can your brothers and sisters in Christ help you?
Take time to pray and make intercession for each other.
Part 5. Throughout the week, read per day two or three of the verses above. Pray about them, asking God to help you and the church to put them to practice. Other things you can do with these verses include:
- Talking about them with your family and friends
- Writing your thoughts about them on a journal
- Memorizing them
- Singing them
- Drawing them or coloring them
- Finding out what else the Bible has to say about the topics in these verses
- Reading them in different Bible versions
- Share them on social media
- Start a blog or vlog about them
If you have comments, questions, suggestions, or testimonies, please email the pastor at firstname.lastname@example.org. You can also invite the pastor to visit your group.
Pastor Marcelo E. Carcach