Life Group Discussion Guide for 1 John 4:7-11

Anyone who does not love does not know God, because God is love.”

1 John 4:8

Where does love come from?

Love is a word that is very familiar to our modern culture. It is often thrown around in ways that cheapen or obscure its meaning. For this reason, it is vitally important for Christians to have a deep theological context for talking about love.

The apostle John makes clear that love is not some concept invented in the human mind. It is a real attribute that has eternally existed within the triune God. We can’t allow our preconceived notions about love to determine how God intends for us to show and experience it.

R.C. Sproul uses 1 John 4:7-11 to explain how we can understand God through this essential attribute.

Discussion Questions

  • How do you see God’s other attributes (holiness, almightiness, eternity, etc.) defining the way that He loves?
  • What is the connection between Christ’s propitiation and God’s love?
  • What are the most common ways that our culture misrepresents the true meaning of love?
  • How would you explain that it goes much deeper than an emotional feeling?
  • Have you seen a person truly love in the manner that God does?
  • How is it humanly possible to do that?

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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