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Yam Chien Meng - 20 August 2017

What Does It Means To Say I Love God?

"If you really love me can you buy me that nice ring?" We ask those who love us to demonstrate affection by doing things for us. Jesus too called for Peter to show his love, but in a different manner. Find out how we should act on our love for Jesus.

Discussion Guide

1) Keep God's Word (Jn 14:15; 23-24)

"Obedience and love go together." Do you agree with this statement? Why?

Read Jn 14:15, 23-24. What is Jesus saying about loving God? Why is obedience an important part of loving Jesus?

Our obedience is often tested in areas where it is difficult for us to do so. What are some areas of temptations or possible compromising situations that Christians may face? How can we rely on the Holy Spirit for empowerment to live a life of obedience and holiness in such situations?

Practically, how can we develop boundaries and enlist the help of the church community to live above reproach?

2) Love God's People (Jn 15:12-17)

What is your first impression about this statement: “Community is the place where people you least want to live with always lives.”? Why do you feel this way?

Jesus commands us to “love each other as I have loved you” (Jn 15:12). What does it mean to love a messy community as Jesus has loved us? Ask the Holy Spirit to bring to mind somebody that you find hard to love and list down ways you can show love to them. (For mentors) The vine needs three years to take root and bear fruit. The initial fruits are too young and green for wine making. Only in the fifth to sixth years are the fruits sweet and fit for wine making. Applying this analogy to the mentoring process, how does this reinforce or change your perspective on mentoring? What attitudes should a mentor possess? How will these attitudes affect the way you relate with your mentee(s)?

3) Feed God's Sheep (Jn 21:15-17)

How will you respond if Jesus were to keep asking you, “So and so, do you love me?” If you say yes, what is the basis of your answer? If you hesitate to respond, why?

Answering these questions are not as easy as it seems and Jesus’ answer to feed His sheep is also not a simple call. What are some possible reasons Christians resist to feeding Jesus’ sheep? How does the love for Christ (Jn 21:15-17) and Jesus' assurance to give us rest and work with us (Mat 11:28-29) enable and sustain us in the hard work of caring for people’s souls? What do we need to do today to continue caring for God's flock?


Prompters

1) Keep God's Word (Jn 14:15; 23-24)

What are some areas of temptations or possible compromising situations that Christians may face? How can we rely on the Holy Spirit for empowerment to live a life of obedience and holiness in such situations?

2) Love God's People (Jn 15:12-17)

What does it mean to love a messy community as Jesus has loved us? Ask the Holy Spirit to bring to mind somebody that you find hard to love and list down ways you can show love to them.

3) Feed God's Sheep (Jn 21:15-17)

How does the love for Christ (Jn 21:15-17) and Jesus' assurance to give us rest and work with us (Mat 11:28-29) enable and sustain us in the hard work of caring for people’s souls? What do we need to do today to continue caring for God's flock?

From Series: "What Does It Means To Say I Love God?"

Every Christian has a relationship with God. As in every relationship, love can be expressed and experienced in various ways. How do we know that what we are doing is really loving God? How can we love Him more?

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