As part of our mission statement to connect people with God and others, we desire for people to be know in a way that is not possible in a large gathering. Our home groups typically operate on Sunday evenings in homes all over Linn County. Each Sunday we provide questions based off the sermon to guide a discussion time into deeper spiritual understanding. If you are looking to connect with others, flesh out the sermon in your own life, and invest yourself with a group of loving believers, home groups is for you! Click below to get signed up!
September 23rd, Home Group Discussion Starters:
THE POWER OF PROMISE – EPHESIANS 5
1. How do children often make promises to each other? Did you ever do that with your friends? Was it a promise you could keep?
2. Our culture promotes the idea that “love is a feeling.” What examples from music or movies come to mind that encourage this idea? What positives can we learn from this idea? What harm does this idea cause?
3. Read through Ephesians 5:22-33. What feelings are conveyed text? What actions do you see commanded here?
4. How is love described in this text? How does that description of love differ from how our culture portrays love? (See also 1 Corinthians 13:4-6)
5. What is meant by the following statements? Do you agree or disagree with them? Do any examples come to mind?
Love is an action and not a feeling.
Love is both a duty and a desire.
Feelings are selfish.
Feelings are real, they are just not reliable.
Marriage vows are a promise of future love.
You act your way to feeling, you don’t feel your way to action.
6. When have you made a promise that was hard to keep? What were the pressures you felt to break the promise? How did you feel after keeping the promise?
7. We know Jesus stayed on the cross and extended grace and love to us. What aspect or event in your marriage has taught you the most about how God loves you?
8. What aspect of God’s character would you most like your marriage to reveal to the world? How can you accomplish that?