Series: Galatians – Freedom in the Gospel
Struggle of Love
Text: Galatians 4:8-20

Often, love is a struggle because it is a challenge to love when things go wrong, especially in ministry. What can we learn about the struggle of love from Paul’s passionate appeal to the Galatians in their spiritual crisis?

Perspective Questions:

  1. Paul was deeply troubled when he saw the Galatians becoming law-centred instead of Christ-centred. He tried hard to correct their doctrinal error so that they would hold onto their freedom in Christ. 

    How concerned are we that we and other believers have the right understanding of the Gospel?  

Application Questions:

  1. Paul argued that following Jewish customs to make ourselves right before God is akin to worshipping false gods – we are depending on “weak and miserable forces” (v9) besides Christ for salvation. This does not mean that all religious practices are bad or evil. In fact, some can benefit our spiritual life. How then, can we ensure that when we participate in religious practices, we are not becoming legalistic?

  2. Paul is willing to engage in tough conversations out of love and concern.  How can the LG be a safe space to correct and strengthen one another?  How can we positively influence others through our speech and actions?

  3. Having zeal in itself is not enough – it is important to have zeal for the right purposes (v18).  How can we discern which purposes are right or wrong? How can we guard against selfish motives that cause us to pursue our own interests instead of God’s?

  4. Sometimes, love is a struggle. We need to invite the Holy Spirit to partner with us to expand our hearts and help one another to enter His Kingdom. Will you ask the Spirit to reveal a couple of names whom He wants you to love, even when it is difficult?

Series: Faith & Family
Title: Love At Full Stretch
Text: 1 Peter 4:7a, 8

When those who matter to us do not respond according to our desires, we may feel unheard, unappreciated or offended. How can we continue to love as a family in the midst of disappointments and frustrations? 

General Questions:

  1. Someone once said that unmet expectations is a ‘silent killer’ in relationships. Would you agree? Why?

Perspective Questions:

  1. To Peter, believers prepare for Christ’s return as King and Judge by living right before God and with one another in the present (1 Pet 4:7a, 8). How would keeping the end in mind affect or change the way we serve or relate with one another, especially when our expectations are not met?   

  2. What may happen if we do not handle unmet expectations well? Conversely, if we respond with the deep love that Peter calls for (1 Pet 4:8), what may happen?

Application Questions:

  1. It can be tempting to hold grudges against those who have let us down. Yet the Bible challenges us to respond with a love that keeps no record of wrongs (1 Cor 13:5). How can we practically live this out?

  2. Perhaps we should expect to have unmet expectations in our relationships because we are all works in progress. How can we manage our expectations?

The struggle to level up in a game.
Have you felt stuck in a game no matter how hard you try? Perhaps love feels like that too — we get heartstuck in our search for deep and meaningful relationships. This Valentine’s, discover what it takes to get out of being hardstuck with a love that truly fills us!

Series: Love Hits
Title: You Raise Me Up
Text: Ephesians 6:1-3

We listen to many songs about love and get bombarded with different views on love. But do we truly understand what love should look like in our family and relationships?

We listen to many songs about love and get bombarded with different views on love. But do we truly understand what love should look like in our family and relationships?

Learn how we are to relate with our parents as Christians and reframe our perception of relationships towards what God intended!

Series: Love Like Jesus

Title: Love That Transform
Text: Luke 5:27-32
One unchanging attribute of God is that He is love. As followers of Jesus, we want to follow His example in how he loves people. What was so different about the way Jesus loves? Why should we do the same?

General Questions:
1) What is love? Is it just a feeling? What is the biblical teaching on love?
2) Who was Levi? Why was he so despised in society? Why would Jesus want to reach out to him?

Perspective Questions:

1) What are the first things we look out for in people we just met? How do we decide to continue that relationship or not? Have your first impressions ever been proven wrong?
2) What are some common reasons why people will look down on others? Do you think these reasons are valid in light of the gospel? Why?
3) During the service, we wrote our turnaround stories. Have you ever considered, where will you be today if you did not know Jesus? What then is a reasonable response to the grace we have received?

Application Questions:

1) Do you consider yourself as someone in need of God’s grace? What can you do to have a deeper understanding of how much you need God’s grace?
2) What small steps can you take to show love to people you find rather challenging to love? How can the LG support you in loving your neighbours more?