Oct 19/20 The Habits of Love

Oct 19/20 The Habits of Love

Oct 19/20 The Habits of Love



Baptism is the public display and celebration of a decision to follow Jesus. We incorporate baptism into the weekend service on November 9/10. Please share this with your group and send them the link to register at adabible.org/baptism.


We believe people grow in the three environments of The Row, The Circle and The Chair. What we do in The Chair are spiritual practices. Practices like journaling, prayer, fasting, meditation, studying the Bible or solitude help us grow closer to God. Consider how you can include conversation about spiritual disciplines in your small group.


Wondering what your group time should look like? Not sure what to do when a need comes up in group? Want to know more about Ada Bible Church? Leading a Group 101 covers all that and more. Head to learning.adabible.org/small-groups to join the online learning environment.


Welcome to the first week of our new series, Culture of the Cross. This week’s discussion is about one of the most well-known passages in the Bible—1 Corinthians 13.

What’s a popular love song you remember from high school? What’s one of your favorite love songs right now?

Try to see if the group can say 1 Corinthians 13:1-7 from memory.  Then have someone read it aloud. What sticks out to you?

What do you think it is about Corinth that causes Paul to write about love?



What impressive actions or behaviors does Paul list in 1 Corinthians 13:1-3? What are some ways we would view someone who could actually do those things? What does Paul say about doing them without love?

How do you feel about Paul saying that without love, what we do is just a bunch of noise? Why do you think he says that?



When you think of patience, what comes to mind? Where do you feel like you are patient, and where do you struggle the most?

Pastor Jeff Manion said, “kindness acts.” What is one way for kindness to act in your life this week?

How would you define envy? How does our culture do with envy? What are some simple ways to get better at not envying?

How are boasting and pride connected? Why do you think we struggle with boasting or pride?

What’s the draw toward dishonoring others? How is that related to being self-seeking?

What situations or people cause you to be easily angered? Why do you think it happens?

How does keeping a record of wrongs make a relationship unhealthy?

Jesus is the ultimate example of practicing the habits of love. How can a focus on what Jesus has done for us help us not keep a record of wrongs but instead move forward?

What’s the difference between delighting in evil and rejoicing in the truth? Why do you think it can be easier to delight in evil?

What are some ways always protects, always trusts, always hopes and always perseveres show up in a healthy relationship? What happens if those things are missing?



Pastor Jeff challenged us to focus on the habits of love every day for nine weeks. How do you think your life would change if you took him up on the challenge?

Where can you put the bookmark or card so you see it every morning and every night? How can your group encourage each other to keep at it?



This week we talked about the habits of love. Which one do you want to grow in the most?

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