Loving One Another
Topic: Church Passage: Romans 12:9–12:13
THEME: Jesus was the first to command His followers to love one another like He had loved them. The Apostles picked up on and promoted this distinguishing mark of those who claim to know Christ. In this section of his letter to Christians who were members of local churches in Rome, Paul showed how we should manifest or express Christ-like love to one another. In Romans 12:9-13, Paul listed TWELVE PRACTICAL WAYS we can and should express our love for other members of the family of God.
1. SINCERE LOVE (v. 9a)
2. DISCRIMINATING LOVE (v. 9b)
3. FAMILIAL LOVE (v. 10a)
4. PREFERENTIAL LOVE (v. 10b)
5. HARD-WORKING LOVE (v. 11a)
6. ZEALOUS LOVE (v. 11b)
7. DUTIFUL LOVE (v. 11c)
8. EXUBERANT LOVE (v. 12a)
9. STEADFAST LOVE (v. 12b)
10. UNRELENTING LOVE (v. 12c)
11. GENEROUS LOVE (v. 13a)
12. PURSUING LOVE (v. 13b)
James 1:22 says, “Do not merely listen to the word, and so deceive yourselves. Do what it says.” These questions are designed to help you apply today’s message to your life. We encourage you to thoughtfully answer these questions and discuss your answers with others. For more information about joining a Grow Group that uses these questions as the basis for weekly discussion, prayer, and accountability, please call the church office at (936) 582-1977.
1. What did you learn about church by not being able to come to church? What did you miss most? What do you look forward to most about reconnecting and reengaging with the body of Christ?
2. Read Hebrews 10:24-25. What are some practical ways you tried to stimulate and encourage other believers while you had to stay away from them? Why does distancing and isolating yourself from the body of Christ typically have adverse affects on your spiritual health (cf. Heb. 3:12-13)?
3. What are some practical ways you have shown love to others at LBC? What are some ways others have shown love to you?
4. Why can every problem or conflict in the church be traced back to a lack of love? Can you think of an example where a fresh infusion of love helped or could help fix some problem or resolve some conflict you had or still have with a fellow member of our church?
5. Is there someone that you find difficult to love? What can you do to work on your relationship with them? How do you love someone when you disagree with what they believe or how they live?
6. Which of these expressions of Christ-like love do you excel in and which ones do you fall short in? Who is someone in our church you can pursue or provide something for this week?
7. Thank God for pouring out His love in your heart by sending His Son to die in the place of a sinner like you. Ask Him to forgive you for not loving others like He loves you. Ask Him to teach you how to sincerely and sacrificially love your fellow believers so that unbelievers will be drawn to Christ.
“Jesus did something the world had never seen before—He created a group identified by one thing: love. There are many groups in the world, and they identify themselves in any number of ways: by skin color, by uniform, by shared interest, by alma mater, etc….But the church is unique. For the first and only time in history, Jesus created a group whose identifying factor is love. Skin color doesn’t matter. Native language doesn’t matter. There are no rules about diet or uniforms or wearing funny hats. Followers of Christ are identified by their love for each other.” GotQuestions.org, “What Does It Mean To Love One Another,” Jan. 2, 2020