Life Changing Questions: Part 6 - Crazy Love

May 14, 2023
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Hope For Moms - Giving Back for Mother’s Day
Today, for Mother’s Day, we’re not only honoring and celebrating moms at OneLife, but moms all over our city through Knoxville’s Hope Resource Center. We’re providing newborn diapers, baby wipes, and new infant clothes to be given away to new moms through the Hope Resource Center baby showers and parenting classes. If you brought items with you today, be sure to drop them off in the lobby after the service. If you’d like to purchase items through our Amazon Wish List, visit or Click here for a full list of items.

Salvation and Baptism Class - for Elementary Kids & Parents, May 21
If you’re a parent of an elementary student and your child has been talking to you about their relationship with Jesus - or if you’re wanting to learn more about HOW to talk to your child about Jesus - then we have a class you don’t want to miss. It’ll take place Sunday, May 21 at 9am in the Meeting Room of our North & East campuses. Mark the Kids Salvation & Baptism box on your Connection Card to sign up.

OneLife Students Summer Kick-off, May 24
Our middle and high school students from both campuses will be joining together on Wednesday night, May 24 at 6pm at our North Campus for a Summer Kick-off night! We’ll have games, food, a challenging message, and we’ll be revealing our 2023 summer theme. Mark your calendars and don’t miss it!

Kid City Summer Kick-off, May 28 - One Service at 10am
Summertime in Kid City is going to be INCREDIBLE! Every week is going to be something fun and special for the kids. So, to kick things off, we are having a special service on May 28. Instead of our normal service times of 9 & 10:45am, we’re having one service at 10am at each campus followed by a party in the parking lot. This is going to be an awesome day - so mark your calendars and don’t miss it!
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BOTTOM LINE: What does love require of me?

John 13:34-35 NIV
34 “A new command I give you: Love one another. As I have loved you, so you must love one another. 35 By this everyone will know that you are my disciples, if you love one another.”

1. Love like I have never loved before.

2. Love requires commitment to community.

3. Love like Jesus.

4. Love ripples far beyond what I could imagine.

What is something that you have done or experienced that was unlike anything you had done before? Maybe you thought you knew what work was until this? Or you thought you knew what pain, fun, study, cleaning, etc. was? How was this unlike anything you had experienced with that before?

Read John 13:34-35.
Why do you think Jesus said this is a new command? Why was it important that he clarified this is a new command and not an additional command? What is new about this command from previous commands about love?

Read Romans 12:10, 1 Corinthians 12:25, Galatians 5:13, and Colossians 3:13.
These are just four of more than 20 "one another" passages in the new testament letters that would be written after what Jesus said in John 13:34-35. How do you see the New Testament church and followers of Jesus living out this new command from these passages (and others you may think of!)?

When have you experienced receiving love from someone that was a new kind of love like you had never experienced before? What was it about how they showed this Jesus-following love - not how they felt love - that impacted you?

When have you shown that love to someone, and it maybe even surprised you that you had the strength to be that forgiving, gracious, generous, patient, or kind?

How have you seen that this kind of love requires commitment to community? Is it possible to love like this, both in giving it and receiving it, without being committed to community?

When you think about Jesus saying, "As I have loved you, love one another," what examples come to mind of how he loved? (Read Luke 23:34, John 8:9-11, and Matthew 14:30-32 for some examples - or others that come to mind!) Now what are some ways that you can love others in the way that Jesus loved them? What might it require you to do that will be difficult or challenging because you have never had to love like that before?

Read John 13:35. Who is the "everyone" in your life that will know you are following Jesus IF you love like this? Who will those ripples impact far beyond what you can imagine?

What is a decision you are facing or an uncertainty in your life that you need to ask this question to help determine what to do next? What do you sense the Holy Spirit telling you to do?


Pray for each person's decision or situation that they gave in the last question. Pray that each of us choose to do what love would require of us in those moments so that EVERYONE will know that you are disciples and followers of Jesus, and that the impact will ripple far beyond what you can imagine.
Be sure to fill out the online Connection Card to let us know next steps, prayer requests, or other information you'd like to share, Click Here.
Share spiritual/missional conversations you've had where you live, work, and play:
  - Who did you have a conversation with that took a spiritual/missional turn this week?
  - What questions did you ask to discover where God is at work in their life, even if they are not aware?
  - How were you able to share your story of life change or how you have experienced Jesus?
  - How can you be intentional this week with people where you live, work, and play to have spiritual/missional conversations if the opportunity arises?
  - Who in your life do you think could be disciple-able or open to spiritual/missional conversations?
  - Discuss the next step for your micro church. When will we gather again, and which purpose will it fulfill (missions, fellowship/care, growth, worship, multiplication)?/giveback/giveback
  - Discuss the next step for your micro church. When will we gather again, and which purpose will it fulfill (missions, fellowship/care, growth, worship, multiplication)?


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