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The Greatest Commandment: Part 1

The Church Overview: "THREE LOVES" described in "THREE WORDS"

Prayerful (Love God): All of life in God’s presence.

Family (Love One Another): All of life with God’s people.

Mission (Love the World): All of life with God’s passion.

We follow Jesus every day in every area of our life, 24-7. We don’t follow Jesus as individuals only, but as a family of families consumed with His love, power and presence. The primary way we express this shared life is in The Church. Following Jesus means that we love what He loves and share in His dreams. It means we dive deep into His Father, His family, His Spirit, His story and His world. Jesus suffered and died for all people, rich or poor, from all cultures and contexts. His passion was to bring home a hurting humanity and make beautiful a damaged creation. He called all people to follow Him, and called His followers to join His mission.

REMEMBER (30 min)

Remember God: Worship and Prayer

Remember each other: Care

  • Optional- break up into smaller groups for 10 min Hi/Lo check in

Remember the Liturgy:

Remember what we learned and put into practice last week: Accountability

  • Topic: We are the Church: A prayerful family on mission

  • Think about what grace, gifts, dreams and contribution God has put in you to build up the church and to bring God’s Kingdom in the world. Write those down and share them with your home church leaders.

REFLECT (30 min)

Prepare (See the Leaders Guide for a brief commentary and context for the scripture and core truth from the topic)

  • Introduce today’s topic and any commentary or context for the scripture

  • Topic Title- Great Commandment: Part 1

  • Share the Summary Scripture for the topic if you want

  • Share “Core Truths from the topic” in the leaders guide where needed

  • Share context for Scripture Story- Mark 12:28-34 (Jesus Shares the Greatest Commandment)


  • Read the Scripture: Mark 12:28-34

  • Discussion Questions

  • What is the biblical and historical context?

  • What does this reveal about God and People?

  • What does it mean to love the Lord with all your heart, soul, mind and strength? What does it look like in our individual lives, tell stories?

  • Heart: the seat of desire and emotion

  • Soul: the depth of self that is distinctive to each person

  • Mind: the capacity and inclination to better understand our experience of God and this world and direct our attention

  • Strength: the ability to work and play with all our being

  • Why does Jesus connect loving God with our whole being and loving our neighbor as ourselves as the greatest commandment? And why are these ‘the most important’ of all in the Kingdom of God according to Jesus?

RESPOND (30 min)

Experience and Encounter

  • Which aspect of loving God with your whole being do you feel challenged by the Holy Spirit to grow in heart, soul, mind or strength and how? Spend time sharing and praying for one another in this area.

  • Lord’s Supper (Communion)


  • The Lord’s Prayer

Practice and Obey (for the week after)

  • Put into practice what the Lord showed you regarding growing in an particular aspect of love for God.

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