Life Group Study Guide: Loved what you heard on Sunday? Want to go deeper? The life group study guide will help you unpack what you heard on Sunday, while diving deeper into God's word.
- When was a time that you felt genuinely loved? How did that moment impact you? What exactly were the actions of others that made you feel loved?
Read 1 John 4:7-21.
- In 1 John 4:7–12, count every mention of the word love in its various forms. How is love mentioned? What is learned about God from John’s use of the word?
- What does 1 John 4:7 say about those who love? What does 1 John 4:8 say about those who do not love?
- How is God’s love made manifest, or visible, among us?
- What does “propitiation” in 1 John 4:10 mean?
- In 1 John 4:17–18, what is the relationship between fear and love?
- In 1 John 4:20–21, count every mention of Godand brother. What does the interchange of these words in the passage tell us about love for God and love for fellow Christians?
- What is the origin or source of love? (See verses 7, 10, and 19.) Why is this important? How does the primacy of God’s love impact our understanding of human love? How can it change our ability to love?
- In verse 12, what experience do all living humans share, whether saved or not? Using verses 13–16, why is our abiding in God and the love that results for others so important to our unseen God’s plan for the world?
Make It Personal:
- List the many ways the world defines love. How does the Bible define it? (See John 15:13 and 1 John 4:9–10.) What definition do you lean toward?
- First John 4:7–8 links love to knowledge of God. Knowing God is more than head knowledge and Bible study. John implies that knowing God is experiencing his love. How have you experienced God’s love? How has God specifically made his love known to you personally?
- Amid the pain and suffering of this world, how can we answer the challenge from unbelievers when they ask, “Is God loving?” How does 1 John 4:10 help answer such a question?
- Is it possible to be a believer and still live life with a flawed understanding of God’s love, which expresses itself in a lack of love for others?
- What is one take away or action that you will commit to as a result of this week’s sermon or life group study?