Cruciform Love

Cruciform Love

No Greater Love

“Cruciform Love”

John 19:16-27

1. Cruciform love is sacrificial

  • for those who don’t understand it
  • for those who don’t deserve it

                        Jesus says: “I died for you.”

2. Cruciform love extends forgiveness

  • before people ask for it
  • when people ask for it

                        Jesus says: “I forgive you.”

3. Cruciform love is other-centered

  • cares for the hurting
  • provides for the needy
  • anticipates the needs of others

                        Jesus says: “I care for you.”

LifeGroup Questions: Applying the Teaching to Our Life

  1. The phrase “no greater love” implies there are lesser loves, or loves that may be great but not as great as “no greater love.” See how many kinds of love your group can name (like puppy love, first love, etc.)
  2. The cross is central to Christianity, but is it possible to become too familiar with the cross? If so, what are possible hazards that come as a result?
  3. How does one keep from becoming too familiar with the cross?
  4. Read vv. 19-22. Why did the Jewish religious leaders not want the sign posted on the cross to say, “Jesus of Nazareth, King of the Jews”?
  5. Is it possible to truly love someone or something without there being some sort of sacrifice made along the way?
  6. The question was asked in the sermon, “what is Jesus speaking to you?” How did you answer that in the sermon and how would you answer it today?
  7. Read vv. 25-27. Even though he was suffering beyond belief, Jesus took time to care for his mother. Caring for those who are hurting, poor and/or needy was a core practice of Jesus’ ministry. How are you following Jesus in this regard? Is there something you could do as an individual, family or LifeGroup this week to love on someone who is hurting, poor and/or has a significant need in their life?

Core CHRISTlike Characteristic: Relates with Other-Centered Love/Loving People

 

 

 

 

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