The Great Commandment

BIG IDEA: We need the Holy Spirit in order to love God with everything and to love our neighbor as ourself.

Stephen Murray | Power of Community Series | September 17, 2017


Matthew 22:36-40
36 “Teacher, which is the great commandment in the Law?” 37 And he said to him, “You shall love the Lord your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your mind. 38 This is the great and first commandment. 39 And a second is like it: You shall love your neighbor as yourself. 40 On these two commandments depend all the Law and the Prophets.”

Luke 12:32
32 “Fear not, little flock, for it is your Father's good pleasure to give you the kingdom."

Acts 1:8
8 But you will receive power when the Holy Spirit has come upon you, and you will be my witnesses in Jerusalem and in all Judea and Samaria, and to the end of the earth.” 

Galatians 5:22-23
22 But the fruit of the Spirit is love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, 23 gentleness, self-control; against such things there is no law.

1 Corinthians 12:7
7 To each is given the manifestation of the Spirit for the common good.


As we head into the Fall we are taking time as a church to remind ourselves of the power of Christian community. Our discussion today is based off of the sermon from church on Sunday by Stephen Murray. If you missed Sunday you can listen to the message on iTunes or our church app. 

Stephen's main point on Sunday was this:

We need the Holy Spirit in order to love God with everything and to love our neighbor as ourself.


Set up: If you have a larger Lifegroup break up into groups of 2-4 and assign each group one of the Scriptures from above. If you have a smaller Lifegroup you can have each person read the Scriptures listed above and record their observations. 


Read the Scriptures listed above and discuss as a group: 

1. What do these Scriptures teach us about God's desire for community? 

2. What do these Scriptures say about the Holy Spirit's role in community? 

3. In what way can we apply these scriptures within our Lifegroup?

Prayer & Encouragement:

Pray together for your Lifegroup (or with one another individually):

  • Pray that your Lifegroup would display the fruit of the Holy Spirit. 
  • Take time to call out the giftings the Holy Spirit has given to people within your lifegroup.
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