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February 18, 2018

Love Your Enemies

Speaker: Dan Nelles


Welcome: When did you first realize you had enemies? How did that happen?


Set The Tone: Tonight we want to take a hard look at another hard teaching of Jesus. This teaching is going to challenge us to evaluate how we treat other people especially those that have hurt us. 


Word:  Read Luke 6:27-36


Let’s start with some basic observations: Who? What? When? Where?


What commands are given in this passage?


What is the climax of this passage?


How do these commands and the climax bring meaning to this passage?


Which of these commands is the hardest one for you to follow? Why?


How would you sum up what these commands are teaching?


Now let’s look at some similar texts: 


Read;  Matthew 5:43-48, Romans 12:14-21


As a group let’s explore what we see similar in all of these passages and what do we see different?


If you were to summarize the message that the Bible and Jesus teach on loving your enemies; how would you summarize that?


When you first hear the statement, “love your enemies” what goes through your mind?


One Another:


In what ways do you find yourself wanting to justify what Jesus really means?


How does the topic of abuse fit into this issue?


What does it mean to forgive someone? How would you define what that means?


What experiences have you had with forgiveness?


Repentance/Re-envision


What person or persons has God brought to your mind tonight that you are currently wanting to retaliate towards? 


What do you think Jesus would want you to do right now in that situation?


How is Jesus calling you to go the extra mile in that relationship? In what way is forgiveness part of that?