Life Group Guide - 05.19.19
For the week of May 19th - May 26th
The Art of Neighboring - “Love Your Neighbor as Yourself”
Scripture This Week:
“One of the teachers of the law came and heard them debating. Noticing that Jesus had given them a good answer, he asked him, “Of all the commandments, which is the most important?” “The most important one,” answered Jesus, “is this: ‘Hear, O Israel: The Lord our God, the Lord is one. Love the Lord your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your mind and with all your strength.’ The second is this: ‘Love your neighbor as yourself.’ There is no commandment greater than these.””
““ ‘Do not pervert justice; do not show partiality to the poor or favoritism to the great, but judge your neighbor fairly. “ ‘Do not go about spreading slander among your people. “ ‘Do not do anything that endangers your neighbor’s life. I am the Lord. “ ‘Do not hate a fellow Israelite in your heart. Rebuke your neighbor frankly so you will not share in their guilt. “ ‘Do not seek revenge or bear a grudge against anyone among your people, but love your neighbor as yourself. I am the Lord.”
This sermon was the first in “The Art of Neighboring” sermon series. This series will explore the radical call to love those around us and will help define who are our neighbors are and how we can love them in ways that testify to God’s goodness and love for them. This week’s message draws from Jesus’ reflection of a law in Leviticus, commanding us to love our neighbors in the same way that we love ourselves.
1. The Bible explains to us that when we love others, we testify to God’s love for that person. Have you ever witnessed or been a part of someone better realizing or feeling the love of God because of a loving act?
2. What motivates you to love people throughout your life?
3. Loving others is not easy. It requires selflessness and intentionality. What are some of the things in life that get in the way of us loving others as much as we love ourselves?
4. Are there any individuals around you that you believe could be reached for Christ if you were to be more intentional in your love and care for them?