Community Groups Week of May 21st
* PRAYER: Please pray for the West Pines Staff as they will be engaged in planning and growing for 2 days this week in a "Staff Retreat".
* PRAYER: Please pray for all of the students who will be participating in the Student Missions Camp - "Unleashed" this summer. That they would grow in their love for the Lord.
* Community Group Break: Groups close on June 3rd. Let's stay in touch over the summer!
Very Important: Please view the Leader video below for week #4:
Main Text: 1 Corinthians 13:1-4
Sermon Title: Love Is, Part 1: Central
SUGGESTED DISCUSSION QUESTIONS...
(Please feel free to modify questions to accommodate your specific group!)
HIGH/LOW: What was the high point of your week and the low point?
Please read: 1 Corinthians 13:1-4
REFLECT: The idea that "All we need is love" is central to a marriage is accepted in our culture. However, what do we mean by "love?" How do we define this thing called love? Is it the light, fluffy, chubby baby angel that inevitably shoots us with his bow and arrow or is it something more, something greater? Perhaps a better question is, what does God say about it ... how does God define it? This thing called love is much more crucial and profound than we might think!
How would you define the concept of love in a marriage?
How do you think our culture misunderstands love?
According to the Apostle Paul what does real love, genuine love demand? (LEADERS: focus on beginning of vs. 4)
Why do you think Paul, the author of 1 Corinthians, starts off his description of love with patience and kindness?
What does the display of true kindness look like in your marriage? (LEADER: think "day by day" kindness)
Are we the most kind to the ones we do life with? What prevents us from being that way?
"Love is long-suffering" (another word for patience) ... How does your marriage reflect the sacrifice that this kind of love represents?
What makes patience and kindness in marriage so difficult? (Those unmarried should reflect on the marriages you see daily)
Love that is genuine and real is not always neat and tidy, it's actually often gritty and tough! Reflect on that statement.
What is the most important thing to make a thriving marriage? Some believe it is compatibility. If they find the right person who fits them, they will be happy. There are many other good contenders like friendship, communication, and trust. But according to the Bible, the single most important attribute someone can have is love. This is something that doesn’t sound strange to us. Our culture has produced many voices that have said love is the most important thing in a relationship. The problem is that rarely love is defined. Is it a passionate emotion that overcomes everything else? Is it a powerful feeling that strikes us without warning? There is a foundational chapter in the Bible that clearly defines love. The vitality of your marriage or future marriage hinges on whether we understand how God explains love.
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