By Pastor Jose Jr.
Jesus is NOT the Problem
INTRO: The life of Jesus was filled with Compassion. Just about everywhere Jesus went, He found people with needs, real needs, who had been ignored by society, by the spiritual people of the day, by the “churchgoers,” and He always tried His best to show them His Compassion.
1. Read the Blog for this week, “Jesus is NOT the Problem.” What do you think about the statements Monroe made? Do you agree with him? Do you disagree with him? Why?
2. What is more important: (1) to know the truths of the Bible, (2) to know how to defend the truths you know? (3) to have compassion of others? (4) all the above? Talk about your choice and why you made it.
3. Read I Corinthians 13. What is the relationship between love and compassion? How would you answer question #2 considering this Bible chapter?
“Though I speak with the tongues of men and of angels, but have not love, I have become sounding brass or a clanging cymbal.
2 And though I have the gift of prophecy, and understand all mysteries and all knowledge, and though I have all faith, so that I could remove mountains, but have not love, I am nothing.
3 And though I bestow all my goods to feed the poor, and though I give my body to be burned,[a] but have not love, it profits me nothing.
4 Love suffers long and is kind; love does not envy; love does not parade itself, is not puffed up; 5 does not behave rudely, does not seek its own, is not provoked, thinks no evil;
6 does not rejoice in iniquity, but rejoices in the truth;
7 bears all things, believes all things, hopes all things, endures all things.
8 Love never fails. But whether there are prophecies, they will fail; whether there are tongues, they will cease; whether there is knowledge, it will vanish away.
9 For we know in part and we prophesy in part.
10 But when that which is perfect has come, then that which is in part will be done away.
11 When I was a child, I spoke as a child, I understood as a child, I thought as a child; but when I became a man, I put away childish things.
12 For now we see in a mirror, dimly, but then face to face. Now I know in part, but then I shall know just as I also am known.
13 And now abide faith, hope, love, these three; but the greatest of these is love.”
4. If Love and Compassion are such important characteristics for the followers of Jesus why are they so hard to practice? Why doesn’t everyone do it? Why don’t you do it?
5. Do you think there would really be less nonbelievers (agnostics) if Christians were compassionate?
6. What can you do this week, together with your group, to show Compassion to others?
Prayer: Dear God, please help me to understand your love for me, that I may be able to share it with others. Help me to set my priorities straight that others may see your love through my life of Compassion, be blessed by my actions, and believe that you really there.