The Scam of Self-Love

New Philly Itaewon
Preached by Marcus Corpening on November 15, 2015, Sunday.
Duration: 41 minutes (audio)

Discussion Questions

CG questions written by Marcus Corpening.

  1. Read Mark 12:30-31. P. Marcus mentioned that we often times understood the second part of the Great Commandment to be “love your neighbor as you love yourself.” How have you often understood this commandment?
  2. What many don’t realize is that Jesus was simply quoting the Old Testament when he commanded us to love one another. Look up Leviticus 19:18. When looking at the original verse, how does this help us to understand that Jesus ultimately wasn’t telling us to love ourselves?
  3. Dr. Jean M. Twenge identified three main reasons as to why our generation is showing more signs of depression: 1) Our relationships and community ties are weaker; 2) We’re more focused on goals such as money, fame, and image; 3) Our expectations are too high, which leads to disillusionment. Which one of these three would you say you struggle with the most? What has been the effect on your well-being (spiritually, emotionally, etc.)?
  4. Jesus said in John 13:34-35 that our level of discipleship is shown in our love for others. How have you typically measured your spiritual maturity – have you measured it through your Bible reading, church attendance, or service? Using Jesus’ metric, how would you reassess your spiritual maturity?
  5. P. Marcus talked about how “forgiving ourselves, showing grace to ourselves, etc.” is not our real problem, because we are most gracious and most forgiving with ourselves. He mentioned that if we fail to love, forgive, or show grace to others the problem is most likely that we fail to grasp God’s love for us. Would you agree? What areas do you feel that you’ve had to “fill in the gaps” of God’s love in your life?
  6. Read 1 John 4:19-21 out-loud together. Spend time as a group doing the following things: 1) Go around and share one way you’ve experienced God’s love this past week, and 2) pair up into groups of 2-3 and pray for each other out loud.

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