Faith, Hope And Love, July 12-18

Colossians 1:3-10; 1 Thessalonians 1:2-8; 1 Corinthians 13:11-13

 

Outline

Faith: where is our confidence?

    Our faith is in our big triune God.

(Daniel 4:34-35; Isaiah 40; John 16:33)

 

Hope: where is our citizenship?

    Our solid hope is in Christ’s return to rule the world.

(Ephesians 2:19; Philippians 3:20; Revelation 19)

 

Love: what is our cause?

    Our mission is to bring Christ’s love to hurting people.

(John 3:16-17; 1 John 4:7-12; 1 Corinthians 13)

 

Group Discussion Questions

Focus on the questions that are most relevant to your group and skim or skip those that are not at this time.

  1. How have you responded to the Supreme Court decision on same-sex marriage? (Please give group members freedom to have very different reactions without judging each other). How have your friends responded? Do you believe some Christians responded inappropriately? If so, in what way?
  2. How does the truth to not judge those outside the church (1 Corinthians 5:12) apply to how we speak and act toward those who are not Christians in our secular society?
  3. Read Colossians 1:3-5, 1 Thessalonians 1:2-3, and 1 Corinthians 13:11-13. What are the three virtues that Paul repeats as foundation stones, markers of biblical maturity? How would you describe each of the three?
  4. How does knowing who our triune God is, and what he has done and will do, give us confidence no matter what happens in the world? (Read Isaiah chapter 40 out loud; see also John 16:33 and Daniel 4:35). How does our faith in our big God affect our response to the Supreme Court decision?
  5. Paul says that our citizenship is in heaven, meaning in the kingdom of Jesus Christ. We are citizens today who are waiting for our King to return to earth and establish his kingdom. In the meantime we are living as exiles in a place that is not our home. How should we live as exiles? Where is our hope? How does our sure hope help us respond to the Supreme Court decision?
  6. The Bible is clear on why the Father sent the Son (John 3:16-17). Christians are to continue the mission of Jesus Christ, as his body. So what is our mission in terms of love? How does clarity about our mission help us respond well to the Supreme Court decision?
  7. How could Christians respond to the Supreme Court decision in God-honoring, Christlike, Gospel-advancing ways?

 

 

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