Love saves. But what does it save from? This is at the heart of what love is. Love rescues us from being subject to what we actually deserve. Love heals us from our sins which kills and destroys and instead gives us a forever life with God. Real love doesn’t tolerate that which destroys. Rather real love radically deals with the problem and completely overcomes it. Questions for Lifegroup: 1. What sinful areas in your life (thoughts, words, actions or inactions) need overcoming by the love of God? 2. How might we become more aware of God’s purifying, saving love? 3. Pray to be filled with the Holy Spirit to enable you to live Jesus’ way?
Love sends. It sends in order to save. Love reaches out to the object of its affection. We are the object of God’s love and He sent His Son to save us. The Son willingly went in order to fulfil His mission to save people from their sins. And He then calls us in turn as those who have received His love to be sent to the world around us. Questions for Lifegroup: 1. In what ways have you ever experienced being sent by someone to do something? 2. Why did you agree to be sent to do the task? 3. What does the Father sending the Son and the Son willingly going mean to you this Christmas time?
As we approach Christmas and celebrate the coming of the Lord Jesus, we shall look at love in terms of giving, sending and saving. Today, we shall look at love being given by God to us. This love is one which pursued us and sacrificed itself for us. It truly is the greatest and mostly costly gift ever given in the history of the Universe Questions for Lifegroup: 1. In what ways have you experienced love which has pursued you and sacrificed for you? 2. How have you come to believe in the love of God?
Does anyone like waiting? Personally, I hate traffic, particularly if I need to be somewhere and I am worried that I will now be late. Today we explore what God’s word says about patience leading to hope. When you know the end result, waiting can be so much easier. Through the Good News we know! Let’s also flip it on its head and consider how God’s patience leads us to have hope. Today is a day filled with hope because of Jesus Christ. Questions for Lifegroup: 1. In what ways might you be stuck waiting for something or frustrated in life? 2. How can adopting a biblical view change this? 3. What areas of your life do you feel you should change? What is holding you back?
One of the wonderful aspects of being a Christian, a believer in Jesus, is that Christ is in us – and we are in Him! (John 14:20 and Colossians 1:27). So,when we consider the HOPE that we have, yes we have a glorious future – going to be with God for eternity! But we also have a wonderful “down payment” of heaven – Christ in us now. This means many important things for us. But one of them is to rejoice in God. Yes – to REJOICE! – actively and purposefully. Whether we feel like it or not, rejoicing in God our Saviour needs to be a key characteristic of our lives. We shall consider this by looking at Romans 5:1 – 12. Questions for Lifegroup: 1. We need to always remember that as a Christian, Christ is in us. John 14:15 – 23 shows Jesus dwells in us by the Holy Spirit. Have you been baptised in the Holy Spirit? If you know you have been filled with the Spirit, what may you need to do to live a more Spirit-filled life? 2. What scriptures could we meditate on to help us rejoice during trials? What other action can we take to purposefully rejoice in God during trials?
Hope is a commodity lacking in our society. Hope is not wishful thinking as is often imagined, but its Biblical definition implies a joyful certainty. Our hope is in eternal life that Jesus has bought for us and given to us freely through His death on the cross. Eternal life is a promise for all those who believe and it’s a life in relationship with God full of joy and great pleasure. It is an abundant life. Questions for Life-groups: 1. Are you a hopeful person? What stops you being filled with hope? 2. What things are you looking forward to with joyful certainty? 3. How does the thought of eternal life affect you?
Faith that moves mountains prepares the way for the Lord, His purposes and His return. This type of faith seen through the eyes of Abraham and exemplified through Jesus requires 1. Making a start; 2. Receiving God’s provisions; 3. Perseverance; 4. Miracles. Will we be a people of mountain-moving faith? Questions for Life-groups: 1. What areas of faith mentioned do we find most difficult in attaining? 2. What mountains do you want to see moved? 3. How will you make a start?
Why do you want to please God? How can I please God? Hebrews 11 says “Without faith it is impossible to please God”, but what does “faith” mean in practice? Is a particular type of faith more pleasing than others? We will explore the context of stories in Hebrews 11 to establish an “ABC” (and “DEF”) of faith which pleases God. Lord increase our faith!! Questions for Life-groups: 1. Who do you most like to please? Why them? 2. Is there a difference between belief and faith? If so, what is the difference? 3. Which of the characters in Hebrews 11v1-23 speaks most directly to you about what it means to “have faith that pleases God” in your current situation? Why?
In Paul’s letter to the Ephesians (2:8-9), he writes: “For it is by grace you have been saved, through faith – and this is not from yourselves, it is the gift of God – not by works, so that no one can boast.” If faith is a gift of God, why do we sometimes seem to struggle to gather up enough faith to believe God’s promises, do the right thing or faithfully pray for something we want God to address? We often say that someone has a strong or weak faith. We seem perfectly able to use faith in everyday life, for example, confidently turning on the tap knowing we’re going to get water. We are sometimes less confident in using our gift of faith to 'Trust in the Lord with all your heart and lean not on your own understanding’ (Proverbs 3:5). Jesus, by His death on the Cross and resurrection, set us completely free form the Power of Sin and Death. He also gave us the free gift of faith, without which, it is impossible to please God (Hebrews 11:6). Questions for Life-groups: 1. Why might we find it hard to use our gift of faith? 2. Do only special, ‘mature, experienced’ Christians have strong, effective faith or is the gift given to all believers? 3. If we think we lack faith, is there anything we can do about it or are we just ‘weak’ Christians?
We're all bombarded with lies about what we need to do in order to make it. Sometimes we fall into the trap of believing the lies, and hold onto fear, or guilt, or man-made rules, believing these things will help us to change. But they don't. Only God's grace can really change us, and that's really good news. Zacchaeus changed almost in an instant, because of an encounter with the grace of God. Questions for Life-groups: 1. Have you ever felt pressurised to change in a negative way? 2. What difference does God's grace make to your aspirations? 3. How do God's grace towards us and our commitment to Him work together?

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