Love One Another 1 Thessalonians 4:9-12
DISCUSSION GUIDE Yolanda Martinez and Rick Dominguez
DISCUSSION GUIDE DISCUSSION GUIDE 1. What is the definition of “brotherly love”? (1 Thessalonians 4:9) It’s a deep affection as in a close relationship based on a spiritual relationship through Christ.
DISCUSSION GUIDE DISCUSSION GUIDE 2. Outline the characteristics of brotherly love as found in (Philippians 2:1-5). a. Encouragement f. Joy k. Humility b. Comfort g. Unity of mind l. Empathy c. Fellowship h. Unity of love m. Christ-likeness d. Affection i. Unity of spirit e. Mercy j. Unity of purpose
DISCUSSION GUIDE DISCUSSION GUIDE 3. Considering your friendships rate yourself in each of the characteristics by giving yourself a numerical value by each. 1 being poor, 10 being excellent.
DISCUSSION GUIDE DISCUSSION GUIDE 4. How can you improve in the areas that are 5 or less?
DISCUSSION GUIDE DISCUSSION GUIDE 5. How are we “taught by God” to love one another? (v. 9) By the example of God sending His Son and by the power of the Holy Spirit.
DISCUSSION GUIDE DISCUSSION GUIDE 6. What does it indicate about a Christian if they cannot get along with other believers? (v. 10) They are not a maturing believer and need to grow up.
DISCUSSION GUIDE DISCUSSION GUIDE 7. What does Paul teach about spiritual babes in (1 Corinthians 3:1-3)? Characteristics of baby Christians include living according to the flesh, jealousy, dissension and behaving like the lost.
DISCUSSION GUIDE DISCUSSION GUIDE 8. Do you consider yourself a spiritual baby or a maturing believer? What would other believers say about you?
DISCUSSION GUIDE DISCUSSION GUIDE 9. What do (vs. 11-12) have to do with loving one another? To show love for one another is to live in harmony, to carry your own weight and to do your part. Nothing damages relationships faster than a team member not doing their part.
DISCUSSION GUIDE DISCUSSION GUIDE 10. What does it mean to… • To lead a quiet life. Not causing disunity but living in unity. • To attend to your own business. Keep your affairs in order. • To work with your hands. To be self-supporting.
DISCUSSION GUIDE DISCUSSION GUIDE 11. What does Paul state as the main reason for living in harmony with brothers and sisters in Christ? (v. 12) To set a good example for the lost.
DISCUSSION GUIDE DISCUSSION GUIDE 12. Are you setting a good example for the “outsiders”, the lost?
DISCUSSION GUIDE Cultivating Life-Long Friends Step 1Make establishing true friendship your top priority Step 3Dare to risk expressing your love Step 2 Cultivate transparency in your friendships Step 4 Learn your friend(s) love language Step 5Give your friend(s) space