“Love is not self-seeking” 1 Cor. 13:5
(This message is online at: nwbcspringfield.com) - Use this listening guide as you watch the video worship services online. This will also have questions you can use with your connect group.
Paul – says in 1 Cor. 13:5 “Love is not ___________________________…” – “it doesn’t ________________________” - another translation says – “Love does not insist on its ________________.”
Love is being ____________ centered
The verb - - Zeteo -- is in the __________________ tense – that tells us it’s a continuous action
“Selfishness is an _________________ with self that excludes others- and hurts everyone.”
“Love is patient, love is kind. It does not envy, it does not boast, it is not proud. It is not rude, it is not self-seeking, it is not easily angered, it keeps no record of wrongs. Love does not delight in evil but rejoices with the truth. It always protects, always trusts, always hopes, always preservers. Love never fails.”
ICEBREAKER—Imagine going through your entire day without a single concern for another person. Every minute of every hour was all about you. Everyone around you had to focus every ounce of energy on pleasing and satisfying you!
APPLY THE BIBLE - Read Genesis 13:1-13— What does God think about selfishness? What did God think about the choice Lot made in our scripture passage?
Q1—Are there people I avoid serving in order to help others that will give me something I want?
Q2— What are your life’s ambitions? Do you consider them to be godly? Share your thoughts .
Q3—Pastor Paul made the statement “Selfishness is an obsession with self that excludes others- and hurts everyone.” What does that mean to you?
Q4—What is your definition of selfishness and can you find any scriptures that relate to the topic?
A LITTLE LOVE HOMEWORK:
· At some point this week ask your children about a time when they were either selfish or unselfish. Talk about the situation. What caused them to make the choice they made? How did they feel about their decision?
CHANCE TO SERVE Have you and your group determined how you will serve during LOVE WEEK? Discuss what kinds of events would fit your Group. Yes, you can participate in more than one outreach if that works for your Group! Thank you for your hearts of compassion towards our “neighbors.”