LOVE NEVER ENDS SERIES
THE GREATEST OF THESE
Fellowship (10 min) – Begin with general conversation and sharing about how the past week has gone. Try not to go over time.
Worship and Prayer (15 min) – Click on the link below on your smartphone, Smart TV or computer, to select songs to sing; and then spend a few minutes in song and prayer.
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This time of worship and prayer will encourage you to move your thoughts from daily worries and pressures to our time of Bible study and prayer.
Read: 1 Corinthians 13:1-13.
Bible Study Questions (45 min)
- How many ways was love described? Did any standout? Why? Often, this passage is shared at weddings. Does it seem appropriate for that kind of celebration?
- If I told you that Paul wrote this passage for a church that was experiencing a lot of internal conflict, does that change how you read or understand it?
- Have you ever been on the receiving end of the kind of love described in this passage?
- How many songs can we come up with that are about “love” or have the word “love” in them? Write these down on a large piece of paper if possible. Why do you think love is such a popular topic for songs, poems, books, movies, and more?
- What do you think it means for love to be “kind” and “not arrogant or boastful”?
- In verse 8, Paul says that “love never fails.” What do you think he means in this verse? Do you agree or disagree with that concept?
- Is love a feeling or an action? Explain your answer.
- How is the definition of love found in 1 Corinthians 13 different from the definition our culture might use? What are the other feelings that people sometimes confuse with love?
- Verse 11 does not use the word “love,” but it is included in this Bible reading. What might this specific verse say about love?
- Verse 13 says, “Now faith, hope, and love remain—these three things—and the greatest of these is love.” Why do you think love is called the “greatest of these”? (Hint, remember last week’s scriptures where the Greatest Commandment had to do with LOVE, as opposed to
faith or hope.)
- How has God shown his love for us?
- What makes love a “better way” (1 Cor. 12:31)?
- Read 1 Corinthians 13:4-8a. Then discuss the following questions:
- Which attribute of love comes most easy for you?
- Which attribute of love is most difficult for you?
Are there any specific Scripture passages that come to mind where God has demonstrated these attributes?
- Questions to reflect on during this week:
- What might it look like for you “put an end to childish ways” (13:11)?
- What might it mean for you, and the other person, if you were to offer forgiveness to them as an act of love?
- How can this group help you to be more loving toward others?
Prayer (10 min). Share prayer requests and then pray together.
Sending Prayer (2 min). End by praying the following or a similar prayer: God of love, you have shown us a better way. We confess that we often fall far short of this standard. May we be reborn by the power of the Holy Spirit so that our ability to love you and to love others expands and grows. Empower us to love all those you have called us to love. Amen.
Have a great week.
With thanks and acknowledgment to: https://www.umcdiscipleship.org/…. -small-groups