On Sunday, October 22, 2023, Teaching Pastor Bruce Hess’ message is Part 2 from our sermon series  “The Power of Love”. Below are some questions for your personal or group reflection.

  1. Outside of God and your family, share three things that you would say you “love”!
  2. In our culture, so much of our concept of love is built around the dimensions of passion and/or affection. Why is it that those forms of love are not commanded in Scripture?
  3. When it comes to your relationships, when are you most easily irritated? Be transparent.
  4. Love is patient (with people). Rate yourself honestly on the “patient scale” from 1 to 10 (ten being the highest). What steps could you take to increase your expression of patience toward people in your life?
  5. John Sanderson has said this: “The reason impatience is such a noxious weed is because it leaves God out of our thinking.” How has God shown patience toward you? (Make a list)
  6. Love is kind. Rate yourself honestly on the “kindness scale” from 1-10 (ten being the highest).
    • Kindness can be expressed both in kind deeds and kind words towards others. Are you generally stronger expressing kind deeds or kind words.  Why?
    • What are some practical steps you can take this week to strengthen both where you are strongest and weakest
  7. Our model in the love arena of patience and kindness is God’s love for us.  Spend some time in prayer rehearsing and reviewing God’s patience and kindness toward you.

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