That Ain’t Right Love the Sinner…
Key Scriptures: Mark 12:29-31; Isaiah 58:1-14; Isaiah 61:1-2; Luke 4:16-30
- Jesus never said to love the sinner and hate the sin. He said to love your neighbor.
- A better statement: Love your neighbor despite the fact that you are a sinner.
- Jesus showed us that our love for God comes first, and that loving God with full passion will naturally lead to loving our neighbors.
- Jesus is the perfect revelation of God.
- Talk about a time when your first impression of a person was wrong. How did what you later learned about the person change your relationship with him or her?
- What are some practical things that you can do to resist that inner urge to judge others?
Get talking: Conversations for your group.
- Read Mark 12:28-34. Is the greatest commandment to love God and neighbors a singular command or two separate commands? Discuss both possibilities and come to a conclusion as a group.
Start sharing. Questions to create openness.
- One of the top reasons that people give for not going to church is religious hypocrisy. In other words, it’s when religious people point out the sins of others but act as though they have no sins of their own. Has religious hypocrisy influenced your view of the church?
- How does empathy develop in your heart as you seek to understand the racial and economic issues that have divided our community?
“God, help us to understand the significance of the Greatest Commandment. Loving God and neighbors with full passion and commitment can bring healing to our community and practically shine the light of Christ to others that do not know you as their savior. Help us to seek to listen and learn with patience and courage. May your kingdom come in Albemarle as it is in heaven. Amen.”