Today is Tuesday, November 13th, 2018. Today Paul speaks of the importance of love--true, strong, selfless love, not a self-serving or fleeting love. As you read these words, remember that this is the love that God has for himself in the persons of the Trinity and it is the same love He extends to you. He models the love he calls us to. -Monica
The following guide is a resource for you to use in your personal time of solitude with the Lord as well as when you connect with the Community that you facilitate. It can also be used for times with family or friends around the table.
CATCH-UP- What was your high and low from last week/yesterday?
SING + PRAY- Take some time for song (guitar, hymn, acapella or read a Psalm) and extended prayer as an individual/community. A simple path of prayer is to pray through one of the Psalms as a group or use the acronym ACTS (Adoration, Confession, Thanksgiving, Supplication).
DISCOVER (In large group)
[1 Corinthians 13:1-13]
1 If I speak in the tongues of men and of angels, but have not love, I am a noisy gong or a clanging cymbal. 2 And if I have prophetic powers, and understand all mysteries and all knowledge, and if I have all faith, so as to remove mountains, but have not love, I am nothing. 3 If I give away all I have, and if I deliver up my body to be burned, but have not love, I gain nothing.
4 Love is patient and kind; love does not envy or boast; it is not arrogant 5 or rude. It does not insist on its own way; it is not irritable or resentful; 6 it does not rejoice at wrongdoing, but rejoices with the truth. 7 Love bears all things, believes all things, hopes all things, endures all things.
8 Love never ends. As for prophecies, they will pass away; as for tongues, they will cease; as for knowledge, it will pass away. 9 For we know in part and we prophesy in part, 10 but when the perfect comes, the partial will pass away. 11 When I was a child, I spoke like a child, I thought like a child, I reasoned like a child. When I became a man, I gave up childish ways. 12 For now we see in a mirror dimly, but then face to face. Now I know in part; then I shall know fully, even as I have been fully known. 13 So now faith, hope, and love abide, these three; but the greatest of these is love.
+ WHAT are some of the main ideas that emerge from these verses?
(Use these questions to help make additional observations to clarify the main
_ In v. 1-3 Paul writes a series of “if, then” statements. Why is love crucial?
_In v. 4-6 Paul defines love. How does love treat the other person, the beloved?
_In v. 8-12 Paul speaks of the power of love. Why do you think it will outlast prophecies, tongues, and knowledge?
_In v. 12 Paul uses a set of contrasting images, of seeing dimly in a mirror now in the world of the partial versus seeing face to face when the perfect comes. How does this connect to knowing? How are loving and knowing connected?
_In v. 13 Paul concludes that love is the greatest. Why?
_ What good-news about Jesus (salvation, forgiveness, help, comfort) do we discover in this passage? How does He love?
PROCESS (In Breakouts of 2-3’s, guys/girls)
+ HOW is the Lord calling me to action/obedience? Is there sin to confess, a next step to take, how has it gone since last time?
_What aspect of love am I withholding from others? What aspects of love do I seek from others?
_Is my love active and selfless? Are there areas that I do not act out of a place of love and become a noisy gong?
_Am I enacting love out of a knowledge and overflow of God’s love for me?
+ WHO am I walking with and praying for to discover Jesus, what is my next step? (e.g., Build trust by spending time with them, set-up an intentional time to share your story, begin a discovery study on the teachings of Jesus with them)