Housegroup Questions on Exodus 19:1-6; 20:1-2 and Matthew 22:37-40

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Housegroup Questions on Exodus 19:1-6; 20:1-2 and Matthew 22:37-40

A central theme of Duncan’s sermon was the relationship between grace and Law – between receiving freedom and life from God as a free gift on the one hand, and modelling our lives on the commandments on the other. Some people in the group may wish to explain their understanding of this relationship.

Does anyone want to share about times in their lives when they have (a) tried to make themselves good enough to please God and/or (b) received God’s forgiveness and acceptance as a wonderful gift?

Would anyone in the group like to share experiences of feeling they were being ‘carried on eagle’s wings’ by God? (Exodus 19:4)

What did Jesus mean by saying that love for God, for others and for ourselves somehow sums up the Commandments? (Matthew 22:37-40)  Do you agree with the comment attributed to St Augustine, ‘Love God and do as you please?’

Do you think that when it comes to expressing love for others and for God ‘actions’ are more important than ‘feelings?’

How would you advise someone who said  ‘I despair of myself! I’m a failure! I can never love God enough. What does it even mean to love God? I try to do loving stuff for others, but I just feel exhausted!’

And how would you advise someone who said ‘I’m not sure I can love God after all the bad stuff He’s allowed to happen to me. And how can I love the people close to me after what they have done?’

Jesus said ‘Love your neighbour as yourself’ (Matthew 22:39) Isn’t it selfish to ‘love yourself?’  Why does ‘loving ourselves’ in the best sense of the words go hand-in-hand with knowing ourselves loved, and loving in return?

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