"Responding to the Greatest Commandment" - Mark 12:28-34 & Revelation 2:1-7

STUDY QUESTIONS

  1. What does it mean to love God with all your heart? With all your soul? With all your mind? With all your strength?  In what way do these four areas represent our whole person?
  2.  What are some practical ways you can love God with all your heart, soul, mind, and strength? 
  3. Which one of these four areas of your person do you find the easiest to love God fully?  Which of these four do you find the most difficult to love God fully?
  4. What would it look like if a person loves God like Jesus has commanded? 
  5. What would it look like if someone were to love their neighbor as themselves?
  6. How does loving God fully enable us to love our neighbors as ourselves?
  7. How did Jesus live out these two commandments?  Examples?
  8. In what ways does Jesus example help each of us to love God fully and love our neighbors as ourselves?
  9. In Revelation 2: 1 – 7 what do we know about the Church at Ephesus?  Why is it important that we know all of this when it comes to loving God fully?
  10. Jesus says this Church in Ephesus had left their first love.  What does it mean to leave your first love?  How can one leave their first love?
  11. How does Jesus counsel to the Ephesus Church to regain its first love?  What does it mean to remember, to repent, to do the deeds you did before?
  12. What do you think those deeds were that clearly were a part of loving God fully?
  13. What can we learn from the counsel given by Jesus that can help us love God fully?
  14. What have you learned from this passage and how are you going to respond to Jesus command to love God fully and to love your neighbor as yourself?

Additional Areas to Explore:

Here at the Summit Church, we have as our goal to make lifelong followers of Jesus who become more like Him every day.  We believe that five habits are helpful in achieving our goal. 

These five habits are:

  1. Daily Devotion
  2. Prayer
  3. The Word of God
  4. Worship
  5. Giving ourselves away

How do the above five habits help us love God with our whole being and love our neighbors as ourselves?

Benjamin Steiner