Sermon Based Group Homework
For the message on May 31, 2020
Passage: Galatians 5:22-23; Luke 10:25-37
This Sunday, Mike kicked off our summer series on the FRUIT OF THE SPIRIT by looking at what love should look like in our lives.
Looking back at your notes from Sunday’s message, was there anything you heard for the first time, caught your attention, challenged or confused you?
GETTING TO KNOW YOU
Who was your childhood crush?
LET’S GO DEEPER
1. In the Parable of the Good Samaritan, Jesus showed us that God’s love breaks through barriers. What barrier did God’s love have to break through among the Jews in Acts 11:1-3?
Acts 11:1-3 (ESV)
1 Now the apostles and the brothers who were throughout Judea heard that the Gentiles also had received the word of God. 2 So when Peter went up to Jerusalem, the circumcision party criticized him, saying, 3 “You went to uncircumcised men and ate with them.”
Have you ever been criticized for loving someone who was different than you?
What are some comfort zones in your life that need to be challenged for the sake of people who are far from God?
2. The Good Samaritan demonstrates that loving our neighbor includes our practical involvement in meeting the needs of others. How does each of the following passages help motivate you to go beyond good intentions and love those around you in a practical way?
James 1:27 (ESV)
27 Religion that is pure and undefiled before God, the Father, is this: to visit orphans and widows in their affliction, and to keep oneself unstained from the world.
James 2:14-18 (ESV)
14 What good is it, my brothers, if someone says he has faith but does not have works? Can that faith save him? 15 If a brother or sister is poorly clothed and lacking in daily food, 16 and one of you says to them, “Go in peace, be warmed and filled,” without giving them the things needed for the body, what good is that? 17 So also faith by itself, if it does not have works, is dead. 18 But someone will say, “You have faith and I have works.” Show me your faith apart from your works, and I will show you my faith by my works.
1 John 3:16-18 (ESV)
16 By this we know love, that he laid down his life for us, and we ought to lay down our lives for the brothers. 17 But if anyone has the world’s goods and sees his brother in need, yet closes his heart against him, how does God’s love abide in him? 18 Little children, let us not love in word or talk but in deed and in truth.
How has someone shown you God’s love in a practical way recently?
What are some reasons why we sometimes hesitate when it comes to helping others who are in obvious need?
3. Not only did the Good Samaritan give aid immediately to the injured man, he put him up for the night, then came back to check on him. This shows us that loving our neighbor means we do more than the minimum. What does it mean to love in this way according to the following passage?
Matthew 5:40-41 (ESV)
40 And if anyone would sue you and take your tunic, let him have your cloak as well. 41 And if anyone forces you to go one mile, go with him two miles.
Matthew 14:19-21 (ESV)
19 Then he ordered the crowds to sit down on the grass, and taking the five loaves and the two fish, he looked up to heaven and said a blessing. Then he broke the loaves and gave them to the disciples, and the disciples gave them to the crowds. 20 And they all ate and were satisfied. And they took up twelve baskets full of the broken pieces left over. 21 And those who ate were about five thousand men, besides women and children.
2 Corinthians 8:2-3 (ESV)
2 for in a severe test of affliction, their abundance of joy and their extreme poverty have overflowed in a wealth of generosity on their part. 3 For they gave according to their means, as I can testify, and beyond their means, of their own accord,
Can you think of a time when someone went the extra mile in helping you in a practical way?
Why do you think God wants us to love our neighbors like this?
TAKE IT HOME
1. What is your biggest takeaway from this sermon and study?
2. Do you have any prayer requests for your group?