The Ultimate Thing

The Ultimate Thing

March 18th, 2018
Dave Downey

From 1 Corinthians 13

Love is the ultimate thing. Our intimacy with God is not illustrated by performance (use of our gifts, ways we sacrifice), but how we love.

Questions for group discussion or personal reflection:

What spiritual gifts or acts of sacrifices do you think impress others most in our current context?

Share a time where you were motivated for the wrong reasons. What was your motivation? When love is not your motivation, do you tend to struggle with being motivated out of self-glory or resented duty?

If we are tempted to act for selfish reasons (desire to impress, etc.), what does it look like to instead choose love?

Consider the list of verbs that describe love in v. 4-7. What do you struggle with? What comes more naturally to you?

Reflect on the way your community group loves one another. Does the culture in your group reflect 1 Corinthians 13? What can your group work on?

What does Agape love actually look like? What does it mean to you?

Do you think you settle for a lower standard than Agape love? If so, what causes you to lower your standard?

Do you think we must wait to use our time, talent and treasure for God until we have perfect motivations? Why or why not?

How have you experienced the love of God recently?

What keeps you from believing and experiencing the love of God?

Be a doer of the word, not just a listener (James 1:22). What practical step do you need to take this week to love?

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