Red Letter Love, August 14, 2016, 11:00 a.m. Service
RED LETTER LIVING SCRIPTURE AND QUESTIONS
34 Hearing that Jesus had silenced the Sadducees, the Pharisees got together.
35 One of them, an expert in the law, tested him with this question: 36 “Teacher,
which is the greatest commandment in the Law?”
37 Jesus replied: “‘Love the Lord your God with all your heart and with all your
soul and with all your mind.’ 38 This is the first and greatest commandment.
39 And the second is like it: ‘Love your neighbor as yourself.’ 40 All the Law and
the Prophets hang on these two commandments.”
1. If someone asked you, what’s the single most important piece of advice for life,
what would be your answer?
2. In the passage immediate before this, Jesus exposed the misguided motives and
understanding of the religious leaders. Why do you think they asked him this
3. When you think of the ten commandments (Deuteronomy 5), which would
you have answered as the greatest?
4. Considering the make up of the ten commandments (Deuteronomy 5:7-15
and Deuteronomy 5:16-21), why do you think Jesus gives a two-part answer when
he was only asked for the single greatest commandment? How might the heart of
the ten commandments be captured in Jesus’ two-part answer (see Deuteronomy
6:5, Leviticus 19:18)? Why is the two part-answer so important to Jesus?
5. What do you think it means to love the Lord with all your heart? With all your
soul? With all your mind? Which is easiest for you? Which is hardest? Why do
you think Jesus calls this “the first and greatest commandment” (vs. 38)?
6. What does Jesus mean to love our neighbor “as yourself ?” Who might be
included as our neighbor? What are examples of what loving a neighbor “as
yourself ” look like?
7. New Testament references to “the Law and the Prophets” mean all that God
spoke to His people throughout the Old Testament. How might all that God said
and did in the Old Testament “hang on these two commandments”? How does
Jesus’ teaching here show the consistency between the Old and New Testaments,
and God’s continuing intent for us today?
8. Reread this passage and spend some time in prayer talking to God. What do
you hear God saying to you through this passage? What specific steps is He
calling you to take?