Fall Life Group Series
One of the most prominent themes in the New Testament is found in this statement of Jesus: “Love one another as I have loved you.” (John 13:34)
The love Jesus is talking about extends beyond our immediate families and comfortable social circles. The love Jesus asks us to give is costly, inconvenient, and sometimes painful. But it is through this kind of love that we enter into the very presence of Jesus himself and can experience life and community to the fullest. Yes, it is costly, but the reward exceeds the cost.
In letters to the very first Christian communities, Paul, Peter, and James (key church leaders) reiterate the importance of loving one another and they explain the many actions we can take to fulfill this command. The apostles do not urge us to do anything for one another that Jesus’ love has not already done for us.
We must look at Jesus.
It is only when we seek to understand the depth of sacrifice and love Jesus has for us, that our minds and hearts are softened and humbled and we can begin to love like him. And it is through this kind of love that the world will come to know the fullness of life that is unique to Jesus Christ.
During each week of this study, we will look at a “one another” phrase from a New Testament letter, and at a time in the Gospels when Jesus demonstrated or taught about loving one another in a similar way.
- Week 1: Consider One Another as More Important
Philippians 2:1-11 & Mark 10:35-45
- Week 2: Offer Hospitality to One Another
1 Peter 4:7-11 & Luke 14:7-14
- Week 3: Forgive One Another
Colossians 3:12-17 & Matthew 18:21-35
- Week 4: Encourage and Build One Another Up
1 Thessalonians 5:5-11 & Matthew 12:9-21
- Week 5: Pray for One Another
James 5:13-16 & Luke 11:5-13
- Week 6: Bear One Another’s Burdens
Galatians 6:1-10 & Luke 5:17-26
- Week 7: Spur One Another On
Hebrews 10:19-25 & Matthew 25:31-46