Message Series Group Discussion
No One Takes You Captive - April 30 - May 1, 2022
Law is easier than Love but Love is greater than Law
Colossians 2: 6-23; Colossians 3: 1,2
Why do you think God first gave us laws in the Old Testament, then grace through Jesus Christ? When people think about God, do you think most view God in terms of laws or grace?
Whether you had a church background or not, what religious/church “rules” were you aware of as a child? What impact did these rules have on your behavior or on your view of God?
Was/is there anyone whose example you would like to follow? Is your desire to emulate that person based on their actions, their attitude, or both?
Brett said that “law is easier than love.” Are there any rules that you are following that you resent, or that are self-imposed? What can you do about this?
Consider the following comparison of law and love. Which area/s strike a chord with you, and offer you an invitation for change? Law: 1. Self-referenced Love: 2. Focus on action 3. Based on minimums 4. Legal accountability 5. Fear and pride Love: 1. Grace-referenced 2. Looks at motivation 3. Based on overflowing thankfulness 4. Relational accountability 5. Freedom and humility
God, we confess that we have not always come close enough to you to experience your love and grace. We have thought of you as the Great Rule-Enforcer, while forgetting the grace that is ours through your son, Jesus. We want to know you so well that our actions are motivated by an overflowing thankfulness for who you are, and that you always have our best in mind. We seek to die to our sinful nature, and live lives that are empowered by faith and love. In the name of Jesus we pray. AmenDownloadable Version