March 29: Rea--"Neighbor"
1. Getting Started:
What did you find most interesting about the sermon this week? The most helpful, eye-opening, or troubling?
When have you faced a situation where you thought you had to choose between loving God and loving others? How did you resolve it?
When have you experienced a neighbor who was especially difficult to love? (Or when have you been a neighbor who was especially hard to love?)
2. Into the Bible:
Read Mark 3:1-6
This story gives us an occasion where loving God and loving others appeared to be in conflict. What was the conflict? What was Jesus’s solution?
Why did Jesus heal the man, even though it was the Sabbath? What was his reasoning, according to v. 4? How did react when the people didn’t agree?
Read John 5:1-18
In this story, the Jews are so focused on enforcing the Sabbath Law that they missed something huge right in front of them. How should they have reacted when they saw the man in v. 10?
How does Jesus justify healing on the Sabbath here? Check v. 17. What does this tell us about God’s will?
3. Going Deeper
When have you seen or heard of Christians loving God in ways that were unloving to people? What affect did those actions have?
When have you seen or heard of Christians loving people in ways that were unloving to God? What affect did those actions have?
What are the challenges we face in finding ways to love God and people at the same time? How can we overcome them?