Oct. 03, 2021
Abundant Love Life
Primary Text: Luke 7:36-50 October 2 & 3, 2021
Previous Teaching: Abundant Physical Life
1) The Sinful Nature
Galatians 5:16-17: So I say, live by the Spirit, and you will not gratify the desires of the sinful nature. For the sinful nature desires what is contrary to the Spirit, and the Spirit what is contrary to the sinful nature.
DQ 1) Why does our sinful nature desire things that are contrary to the Holy Spirit and even potentially self-destructive?
2) That Fruit Thing!
Galatians 5:22-24: But the fruit of the Spirit is love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, gentleness and self-control. Against such things there is no law. Those who belong to Christ Jesus have crucified the sinful nature with its passions and desires.
DQ 2) What is self-control? Why is it critical to healthy Christian living?
3) No Longer Slaves
Romans 6:6-7: For we know that our old self was crucified with him so that the body of sin might be done away with, that we should no longer be slaves to sin--because anyone who has died has been freed from sin.
DQ 3) How could greater self-control enhance your personal freedom?
This Week’s Teaching
1) The Greatest
1 Corinthians 13:13: And now these three remain: faith, hope and love. But the greatest of these is love.
DQ 1) What is love? How does American culture define love?
DQ 2) Where did you gain your perspective on the nature of love?
2) The One Who is Love
1 John 4:7-10: Dear friends, let us love one another, for love comes from God. Everyone who loves has been born of God and knows God. Whoever does not love does not know God, because God is love. This is how God showed his love among us: He sent his one and only Son into the world that we might live through him. This is love: not that we loved God, but that he loved us and sent his Son as an atoning sacrifice for our sins.
DQ 3) What are the characteristics of God that reveal His inherent nature of love?
3) The Most Love
Luke 7:36-38, 44-50: Now one of the Pharisees invited Jesus to have dinner with him, so he went to the Pharisee's house and reclined at the table. When a woman who had lived a sinful life in that town learned that Jesus was eating at the Pharisee's house, she brought an alabaster jar of perfume, and as she stood behind him at his feet weeping, she began to wet his feet with her tears. Then she wiped them with her hair, kissed them and poured perfume on them…. Then he turned toward the woman and said to Simon, "Do you see this woman? I came into your house. You did not give me any water for my feet, but she wet my feet with her tears and wiped them with her hair. You did not give me a kiss, but this woman, from the time I entered, has not stopped kissing my feet. You did not put oil on my head, but she has poured perfume on my feet. Therefore, I tell you, her many sins have been forgiven--for she loved much. But he who has been forgiven little loves little." Then Jesus said to her, "Your sins are forgiven." The other guests began to say among themselves, "Who is this who even forgives sins?" Jesus said to the woman, "Your faith has saved you; go in peace."
DQ 4) How does Scripture define love?
4) No Greater Love
John 15:12-13: My command is this: Love each other as I have loved you. Greater love has no one than this, that he lay down his life for his friends.
DQ 5) Is God calling you to “lay down your life” to love someone else?