Ice Breaker (optional – choose one below)

  • What is the heaviest thing you ever lifted?
  • Share one quote or scripture that keeps you going when you are down or discouraged.
  • What is the most loving thing someone has done for you?

Main Idea

Being the church involves more than simply coming to church. The church won’t become the church God intended until we love one another as Jesus loves us.

Discuss

What stood out to you from this weekend’s message?

Last week we learned the importance of accepting and forgiving others. What is one way you attempted to put these into practice this week? What was most surprising to you about the experience?

What could happen in the Triangle and around the world if every person at Hope was focused on loving others as Jesus loves us? (Spend some time thinking through the possibilities.)

  • If any of those things are possible, what is keeping them from happening?

What does the Bible say?

Read Galatians 6:2 and Ephesians 5:21

  • Tell about a time someone helped you with a burden you could not “carry” alone (physical, emotional, financial…) What could have happened if you hadn’t received help?
  • When might it not be helpful to “carry” someone else’s burden? How can you know when it is wise to help directly and when that help would actually be harmful in the long run?
  • Mike shared this week that submitting to one another means being willing to “bend” towards another person and to try to see / do things their way. What is your greatest struggle when it comes to the idea of “submitting” to someone else?   (i.e. – is it the principle or is a person that causes this to be a struggle?)

Apply the Message

Loving others is essentially the willingness to put the needs and desires of others ahead of our own. What does living this out in our day-to-day relationships look like? Work through the questions below as you seek to apply this as a group and also in your everyday relationships.

Caring for each other:

  • As a small group, how well do we care for each other? (i.e. Are we more loving now than when the group began?)
  • When needs come up, how does our group respond?
  • Is our group a safe place for needs to be shared?
  • How can our group do a better job of caring for one another?

Submitting to one another:

  • Where do I need to “bend toward” someone in my day-to-day relationships?
  • Who is the person God is nudging me about?
  • What can I do to see something or do something “their way” instead of seeking my own?
  • What issues in my relationship(s) – with a spouse, family member, friend, etc. – could be avoided or lessened by my willingness to submit?

Mina Update:

If you have not already done so, make sure this week your group finalizes your plan for your Mina Project.

  • How will we multiply your money?
  • Who will our project benefit
  • What next steps do we need to do in order to bring this to life?
  • (Delegate) Who would like to be involved in making it happen and how can you help?
  • Don’t forget to go to the Mina Project tab on the Get Hope App to get ideas and share your group’s Mina Project story!

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