Building Deeper Friendships with Brothers and Sisters in Christ

Life Group Discussion Guide

19 We love because he first loved us. 20 Whoever claims to love God yet hates a brother or sister is a liar. For whoever does not love their brother and sister, whom they have seen, cannot love God, whom they have not seen. 21 And he has given us this command: Anyone who loves God must also love their brother and sister.

1 John 4:19-21

Love is and has been a hot topic in our church and culture for many years. The church in America is in a period of time where it needs to be speaking about love more than ever. We need to be really good at intentionally engaging each other in actual Christian community. This is the context in which love takes place.

The problem with speaking about love, however, is that there is often a disconnect between speaking about love and practicing love. Biblical love is always an actionable thing.

We have previously discussed that our love for others is meant to mirror God’s love for us. Love is not defined by our culture. It is not given so that it can receive something else in return.

Discussion Questions

  • Are you satisfied with the number and depth of your friendships with other Christians?
  • How could the church promote better relationships amongst Christians?
  • Is it counter-cultural to spend time building relationships with people who are not blood relatives?
  • How have has someone loved you at church the way that Jesus loves you?
  • Name one way this text can help us heal wounds in our nation?

Prayer Time

Engage in a time of prayer for one another. Make sure that every individual prayer request is prayed for by another individual in the group.

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