Wednesday, February 2, 2011

Sacrifice Yourself (John 15)

What is the greatest sacrifice someone has ever made for you?  How do you feel about that person today?

Read John 15:12.

Jesus commanded his disciples to love each other as he had loved them. How would you describe Jesus' love for his disciples?  How can that kind of love be imitated?

Read 1 Corinthians 13:4-7.  Which description of love do you like best?  Which one is most difficult for you?

What do you think it means that love "always protects, trusts, hopes, and perseveres?"  How do you love in this way when someone is unloving toward you?  Why is it difficult sometimes to assume the best about people?

Read John 15:13.  In your own words describe the greatest kind of love.  Does this mean there are lesser kinds of love?  Explain?

Who were Jesus' friends?  Who are our "friends?"  Are there people for whom we shouldn't lay down our lives?  Why or why not?

Does Jesus command mean that we need to literally give up our lives?  Why or why not?  What does it mean?

As a group come up with 5-6 examples of how you might lay down your life for someone.

What are the things that keep us from laying down our lives from others?  How can we get past these things?

What sacrifice are you going to make for someone else this week?

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