Love Starts Here Week 1 – Discussion Guide

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Getting Started

Main Idea:
Love starts here. As Pastor Chris pointed out this weekend, real love is more than just seeing a need, it’s about going and doing.

Discussion Starter:
Describe a time when you encountered someone in need and did not help? What is the greatest obstacle to you meeting someone’s needs?

Introduction:
Jesus begins and ends this teaching with the command to “go and do.”


Encounter God

Primary Scripture: Luke 10:25-37

Discussion Questions:
1. In verse 29, the lawyer asks “[…] who is my neighbor?”; likely, intending to limit who he should love. Why is it important that there are no limits to who God loves?

2. The help that the Samaritan provided had various costs. What are some of the things that helping others could cost you?

3. Read James 1:22-24 How can you avoid hearing God’s word but not doing it?

4. What is one thing this week you can go do to show love to someone around you?

Discovery Bible Method:
For deeper study, as an alternative to the questions above, read Luke 10:25-37 and use the Discovery Bible Method to consider Jesus’ command to “go and do.”


Embrace Others

Suggestion: Consider breaking the group into dyads or triads for this section.

In your dyad or triad, commit to helping one another when you see a need. Furthermore, commit to asking for and accepting help when needed.


Engage the World Around Us

Engaging at Faith Promise: Seek an fpStaff member or fpVolunteer to show real love to this week. You can say “thank you” in person, or perhaps send a note or gift to thank them for serving you.

Engaging in Community: Pray and ask God to show you an opportunity this week to love someone with a real problem by meeting their needs.

Engaging the World: This week Faith Promise partnered with Compassion International. Consider sponsoring a Compassion International child, either individually, as a dyad or triad, a group, or family.


Expand God’s Kingdom

In verse 35, the Samaritan passed the torch to the innkeeper. Pray for God to show you how you can begin or continue to be a disciple maker.


Leader’s Notes

E-Groups
– Encounter Groups: the primary focus of Encounter Groups is the deeper study and application of God’s Word.

– Embrace Groups: the primary focus of Embrace Groups is making friends and being friends on a deeper level.

– Engage Groups: the primary focus of Engage Groups is serving the people of our area through our local partners and through God-directed opportunities.

– Expand Groups: the primary focus of Expand Groups is the development and multiplication of disciple-makers to lead more groups at Faith Promise.