Rooms Week 2 – Discussion Guide
Love is central to the life of a Christ-follower, but so many of us are so familiar with a world-warped version of love that we often miss out on the kinds of relationships we could be having with others and with God.
What is your weirdest favorite thing to eat, that other people might not like? Some people love anchovies on pizzas, and others hate it. Some people like mayonnaise, and others hate it. Some people hate black licorice, and at least a dozen people like it. What’s something that you enjoy, but that others turn their nose up at?
This week, Pastor Micah talked about how God’s definition of love is so very different from the world’s definition of love. Interestingly, God makes the point that His love and His way of doing things are absolutely disgusting to those who don’t know Him. But to those who do know Christ, it’s amazingly wonderful. In 2nd Corinthians 2:16, Paul says that those who love Christ are the aroma of life to life to those who are saved, but the aroma of death to death to those who do not believe in Christ. When Christ asks us to follow Him, He doesn’t just say “follow me.” He says, “deny your own desires, and die to your own self, painfully, so you can follow me” (see Mark 8:34 and Matthew 16:24). Love is not just puppies and rainbows; the love Christ had for us involved pain and death. Love doesn’t always look like a Hollywood picture; sometimes it looks like a person being alone and in pain (Luke 22:44).
Primary Scriptures: 1 Corinthians 13:1-8, John 3:19, Romans 6:16, Galatians 5:22-23, Revelation 2:1-7, James 5:16
- Read 1 Corinthians 13:1-2. Talk within your group about what makes an action truly loving, as opposed to just big or impressive. How does your faith or intent factor into the loving-ness of your actions? (See James 2:26 for hints)
- In John 3:19, Jesus uses the same word for love (“agape”) as in 1 Corinthians 13. “Agape” is the love that is “totally given over to” something or someone. Compare this passage to Romans 6:16. Is it necessarily a bad thing to be “owned” by what you love? And what does the object of someone’s love say about them?
- Read Galatians 5:22-23. Do you see instances of “love” in the world that are missing some of the features of love that God mentions in Galatians 5 or 1 Corinthians 13? For example, imagine a parent and child, and the love between them has no “peace” like Galatians 5:23 mentions. What kind of love is that?
- Jesus writes a letter to the church in Ephesus in Revelation 2:1-7. In verses 1-3 He talks about lots of good things the church has done and is doing. But in verse 4, He says that they have left their first love. Looking at all the things that they did and did not do, how is it that they could have left their first love? And what might that mean? More importantly, how might they come back?
Discovery Bible Method:
For deeper study, as an alternative to the questions above, read 1 Corinthians 13:1-8 and use the Discovery Bible Method to explore the passage.