Thanks for listening to today’s podcast, as we resume our series from 1 Corinthians. The message by Paul Kiss, titled “Letting Go of Distractions”, shows us how it’s easy to get distracted by doing things for God, but miss the love that he has invited us into. Key verses are from 1 Corinthians 13.
Letting Go Of Distractions
Speaker: Paul Kiss
Date: November 5, 2017
1. It’s easy to get distracted with “doing” things for God.
1 Corinthians 13:1-3
2. God wants us to live in love.
1 Corinthians 13:4-7, (1 John 4:8,16; 1 John 4:12; John 13:34-35)
3. Love at the centre of everything.
1 Corinthians 13:8-13
1. What are ways that people sometimes get distracted in doing things for God but miss the chance to love others?
2. How can helping the poor also be an exercise in distraction and missing the point of love? (1 Cor. 13:3).
3. Read 1 Cor. 13:8. How would you reword that verse to include things that we emphasize today, in the place of love? (ie – instead of “prophecies” you might put “programs”).
4. Paul is not saying that love is to replace spiritual gifts and good works but that when we focus on these and forget that love is at the heart of them, we miss the point. What are your responses to this statement?
5. What are some ways that we can tell we’re being focused on love instead of just doing things because “that’s what we’re supposed to do?” What can we look for?
6. How might we be hard on ourselves for not living up to verses 4-7? How does understanding Jesus and his love for us prevent us from this kind of guilt-tripping behaviour?
7. Pray for our community to grasp the heart of love and pursue these gifts of the spirit.
1. If you’re not familiar with this setting, consider attending a charismatic church that allows for the gift of tongues to be used in the service. Prayerfully ask God to open your heart to what he will teach you in that experience.
2. For one day, look for gifts of love everywhere. Where are you seeing love lived out? Where are you not seeing it? What are the differences? Ponder these.