Discussion Questions for Sermon Series Christian Part 6
Are you a stickler for the rules or a rule-breaker? How did that play out in your childhood?
Which parts of the Bible are you most tempted to ignore? Why?
We’re all guilty in one way or another of looking for religious loopholes. How have you caught yourself using God’s words to avoid doing his will?
It’s human nature to apply rules to other people more than we do to ourselves. How does Jesus’ command for us to love one another challenge that tendency?
Is there someone you’re currently judging for the rules he or she breaks? How can you do a better job of loving that person?
Jesus entered a world full of loopholes and did a brilliant, radical thing. He basically said, Forget all the commands. I want to talk about the commander. He urged his followers to obey God from their hearts rather than taking advantage of loopholes.
“A new command I give you: Love one another. As I have loved you, so you must love one another.” (John 13:34)
His command to love took hold among his followers in the first century. When they would gather together, they were driven by love for one another. It became the filter through which they made every decision.
Following Jesus means having no loopholes. His command to love is too simple, too direct to be ignored, avoid, or taken out of context.