1. Did you grow up with a belief system that some people were of more value to God than others? How did your belief affect your attitude and actions toward those you believed to be of lesser value?
2. Pastor Kurt said, “There is nothing deeper or more important than the love of God.” Do you agree or disagree? Why? If you agree, how has your relationship with God been shaped by His love for you?
3. Take another look at Ephesians 3:16-19. What do you think a person “rooted and established in love” looks and sounds like? How does God’s love “tap root” sustain and carry us through the storms of life? Can you give an example from your life?
4. What are some ways that God’s love is vastly different (at times) than human love?
5. Is it ever difficult for you to believe that God’s love isn’t based on your performance? How has performance-based loved negatively impacted your relationship with God?
6. It says in, 1 John 4:18 The Passion Translation, “Love never brings fear, for fear is always related to punishment. But love’s perfection drives the fear of punishment far from our hearts. Whoever walks constantly afraid of punishment has not reached love’s perfection.” How is your life changed when you walk free of punishment and convinced of God’s love—a love you can never lose?
7. Have you ever lived like a Pharisee striving to do the right things for all the wrong reasons? When you live like a Pharisee, what is missing from your life?
8. Pastor Kurt said the why (i.e., motivation) behind your obedience matters more than your obedience. Do you agree or disagree? Why? What does it look like when you love in response to God’s love rather than trying to earn it? How would you live differently if you knew God the Father absolutely and unconditionally loved you?