I Am Who I Am, Part 2: God Is Love (05.18.20)

A Study & Practice Guide on the Biblical Names & Characteristics of God

Leader’s Note:

We want to know what you’d like to study! After group time, anyone in your group can fill out this form to let us know what characteristics of God you’d like to explore, as well as lingering questions you have at the end of each group meeting.

Opening Prayer

After the group welcomes one another, have one person open in prayer and then take 2-3 minutes of silence. As you sit in silence, ask the Holy Spirit to help you be aware of what you’re bringing into this time in one word (e.g., contentment, hope, stress, curiosity, anxiety, etc.). 

Checking In

Set a timer for 1 minute per person to check in:

Read Scripture Aloud

Have one or more people in your group read 1 John 4:7-5:5 — or, if preferable, all five chapters of 1 John, but focusing on 4:7-5:5. It’s highly encouraged to follow along in a physical Bible. As you listen and follow along, silently observe anything that stands out to you.

Cultural & Historical Context at a Glance

Read through these few simple things happening in and around this time:

Sharing Observations

Before interpreting the message for how it applies to us today, take 15-20 minutes to make some simple observations of the text in light of the cultural/historical context above or other things you know. Here are a few questions you might jump off from:

Interpreting the Message

In light of your observations, discuss the message of 1 John 4:7-5:5 for 20-30 minutes.

Applying Biblical Truth

After interpreting the message of the text together and what it reveals about God, consider the implications of this truth for your life. Share with one another for 15-20 minutes:

Closing Intercession

Pray for your group, our church, our city, and our world.

Do you have any lingering questions or thoughts about this practice guide series? You can offer them on this form.