GL#1: God’s Love is Covenantal!

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STUDY GUIDE FOR 1-6-19

Discovering what God’s love is really like: God’s love is covenantal!

Think about life:

  • Talk about the love you experienced from you parents has influenced how you expect God to love
    you?
  • Looking back on your life, which people have loved you in a way that has given you life? What was it
    about how they expressed their love for you that gave you life?
  • When people talk about God’s love, what words are most often used to describe God’s love?
    Digging Deeper into Scripture:

Read Gen. 11:27-12:3

  • What do you learn about Abram? (11:27-32)
  • What promise did God make to Abram? (12:1-3)
  • In the message I described a biblical covenant as “a mutual promise that does not depend on
    you”. In these verses what does God promise to do and what is Abram asked to do? Who
    has the greater responsibility in making the promise come true; God or Abram?
  • How might that apply to your life? Do you see yourself as an equal partner with God, with God
    waiting to do His part until you do your part? Or do you understand that God goes first,
    choses you, and is willing work to fulfill His best in your life?

Read Exodus 20:1-17
Note: The NLT translation titles this section “Ten Commandments for the Covenant
Community”.

  • Why does God give the instructions? (20:1-2) Since God rescued His people from slavery,
    how will the Ten Commandments keep them out of slavery and living lives of freedom?
  • What does it do for our understanding of God’s love for us if we see God giving us
    commandments/instructions, not to test us to see if we can follow rules, but to help us live into
    God’s best for our lives?

Read Matthew 26:27-28

  • Jesus spoke these words at a Jewish Passover Meal, which celebrated God delivering the
    Hebrews from slavery in Egypt. When Jesus speaks of the broken bread as his body and the
    cup as his blood, he is preparing his disciples to understand the meaning of his death and
    resurrection.
  • How does Jesus want his disciples to understand his death? What does Jesus say his
    sacrifice will bring about?
  • How necessary is it that God provides a way for us to be forgiven? In other words, what will
    happen to God’s covenant with us if there is no forgiveness?

Read Ephesians 1:3-6
List all the things the Apostle Paul says God has done for us in Christ.
Scripture readings: Heb. 9:13-15; Eph. 1:3-14; Ex. 20:1-17; Ex. 2:23-25