Relationships are the FRAMEWORK through which LOVE gets EXPRESSED and EXPERIENCED.
Ephesians 4:13, John 17:20-23, John 13:34-35, 1 John 4:8
We want people to BE LIKE US and we want people to LIKE US.
When I can’t MAKE YOU LIKE ME, I will DIMINISH you and work to DISMISS you.
Intimacy requires AWARENESS. You can’t SHARE if you’re not AWARE.
Intimacy is simply a SHARED EXPERIENCE.
Intimacy needs the SAFETY of LOVE. LOVE makes INTIMACY possible.
We are built to RECEIVE love as well as created to GIVE it away.
Love is exchanged through a RELATIONSHIP.
Love is a force that breathes VALUE and WORTH into another.
Deeper CONNECTIONS create deeper INTIMACY.
We love when we GIVE ourselves away for the GOOD of another.
To be LOVED is RECEIVING good for ourselves without TRYING to EARN it.
What is the purpose of a relationship? Why did God create and design relationships?
As a society, do you believe we are becoming more or less connected to each other? What makes you answer in the way that you do?
MAKE YOU LIKE ME. How do you hear this statement? When it comes to your connections with others, which one do you struggle with the most: wanting people to be like you or wanting people to like you?
What drives our desire to make people like us (seeking approval and fighting for conformity)?
Read Ephesians 4:13. What insight does this passage provide in regard to the purpose of our relationships? How does our willingness to pursue connections with others influence our faith and overall impact as a church?
Read John 17:20-23.Of all the issues Jesus could’ve prayed for, why do you believe He centered His prayer for the church on oneness and unity?
Read John 13:34-35 and 1 John 4:8. How should the way we treat our relationships cause the world to take notice?
What is the greatest tension you tend to experience in your relationships with others? Why do you believe this tension continues to pop up?
Intimacy requires awareness. You can’t share if you’re not aware. How would you describe your level of awareness when it comes to yourself as well as your connections with others?
How well are you known? Who knows the real you?
How well do you allow yourself to be known? What encourages you to be seen and what causes you to be guarded and hide?