The church should be known by supernatural love.
When you hear the words “natural” and “supernatural,” what are your first thoughts?
Cue the Jeopardy music…the answer is supernatural love. So, what is the question? Is it this year’s theme to Hallmark’s Valentine’s Day campaign? How about the amount of love for your team in the Super Bowl or for the UT Vols? Maybe to you, it’s the amount of love for your spouse after they have just informed you they invited your in-laws over to watch the game. Beep, beep, beep…the question is, “What is God’s love for us and the church’s love for people?” No marketing strategy, no sporting team, and no human relationship can conjure the kind of love we get from God. How are you experiencing and showing others God’s supernatural love?
Primary Scriptures: John 13:34-35, 1 John 4:7-14, 1 Corinthians 13:1-8
- Read John 13:34-35. Before Jesus was crucified, what was His commandment to His disciples? Glance over the next couple of chapters (through John 15). Do you see any repetition of this idea? Have group members read the verses aloud as they find them.
- The apostle John also wrote about love in 1 John 4:7-14. Focus on verse 12. How have you seen this in your life? How does our demonstration of love to others show that God abides in us? Think about how showing love affects both the receiver and the giver.
- We have been focusing on following the filling of the Holy Spirit for 2019. In Part 3 of our January devotional “Follow the Filling,” we learned that when we are guided by the Holy Spirit, it is evidenced by the fruits in our lives. After reading 1 Corinthians 13:1-8, what can we say about how the fruit of love should look in our lives?
Discovery Bible Method:
For deeper study, as an alternative to the questions above, read 1 John 4:7-14 and use the Discovery Bible Method to explore the passage.
Getting to know you: Do you see yourself as a beloved child of God? Do you keep a mental scorecard of when you mess up? Do you let insecurity or fear block you from following Jesus’ command to love others as He loves you? Are there areas in your life where you need give yourself more grace? Pray for eyes to see yourself as God sees you. Let the Holy Spirit fortify you to do more for God.
Getting to know them: Think about your coworkers, your family, and your friends. Is there anyone you can show more grace? Maybe they don’t need grace—maybe they just need to know that you see them. Who is the Holy Spirit directing you to get to know better?
Getting to know Him: Paul lists attributes of love in his letter to the Corinthians. Pray for each other in your dyads and triads. Ask God to help you demonstrate these attributes of supernatural love to those around you.
Engaging at Faith Promise: Is your group growing? Faith Promise always needs more leaders to provide more groups where people can experience God’s supernatural love. Ask your group leader about becoming an apprentice today!
Engaging in Community: Knox Area Rescue Ministries (KARM) is currently in need of volunteers to sort donations at their warehouse. Get more information and sign up to volunteer: https://karm.org/get-involved/volunteer/.
Engaging the World: Do you know that each Faith Promise campus sponsors a missionary? Find out who your Faith Promise missionary is and commit to pray for that person or family.