One Another: Love (Week of 01.28.19)

By: Reality SF

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Announcement
On Sunday, February 3rd, we’ll start our 10-week Partner Reading of The Relational Soul! To learn all about why we’re reading this book as a church in pairs and what it will look like, click here.

Opening Prayer and Silence
Open in prayer and then sit together in three minutes of silence to shift focus toward this time of seeking God and practicing the way of Jesus in community.

RSF Vision & Mission
To remember why we gather and what we gather to do, read aloud:

WE are a community following Jesus, seeking renewal in our city
BY being with Jesus, becoming like Jesus, and doing what Jesus did
THROUGH truth, community, practice, and the Holy Spirit.

Community Reflection
As we start the series “One Another” in our Year of Authentic Community, take time as a group to express your hopes for going through this series.

About This Series:
The phrase “one another” is used 100 times in 94 verses in the New Testament. It’s an important concept in the New Testament church, with half of those verses (47) serving as instructions to the Jesus community on how to behave toward each other. In this series, we’re focusing on the instructional verses: 1/3 of them are about love, 1/3 about unity, 15% about humility, and then the remaining verses are various imperatives which are essential for healthy relationships within the Jesus community.

Take a few minutes to reflect or journal in a notebook or phone about the following questions and then discuss and share:

  • What do you hope to learn, experience, or practice in this “One Another” series in order to grow as a community?
  • Personal Change happens through engaging the truth and putting it into practice in community, by the power of the Holy Spirit. What transformative work do you hope happens in your personal life throughout this series?
  • How would you like to support each other toward these communal and personal hopes? What kind of support do you need?


After discussing as a group, spend a few minutes praying about your community’s hopes.

Love One Another
Read John 13:34-35, 1 John 4:11, and 1 John 4:18 and then discuss:

  • From these verses, how does the Bible describe and instruct Christians to love one another?
  • Who are people you have seen as great examples of love? What was it about them? How did they act, speak, or feel?
  • What are common fears that get in the way of love?
  • When you’re at your most loving, how does your connectivity with God and others look?


Closing Prayer
Read together the Prayer of St. Francis:

Lord, make me an instrument of your peace;
where there is hatred, let me sow love;
where there is injury, pardon;
where there is doubt, faith;
where there is despair, hope;
where there is darkness, light;
and where there is sadness, joy.
O Divine Master,
grant that I may not so much seek to be consoled as to console;
to be understood, as to understand;
to be loved, as to love;
for it is in giving that we receive,
it is in pardoning that we are pardoned,
and it is in dying that we are born to Eternal Life.
Amen.