Lesson 1: March 5, 2017

The Source of All Love: 1 John 4:7-19


Teaching Strategy: In advance of your meeting time invite participants to select new media, music, or art that speaks to them about the ways God’s love is reflected in their lives and in the lives of others. During your meeting give 2-3 minutes for each person to share his/her selection and say a bit about its meaning for them. 

There is so much hate and bitterness being expressed in our social media these days and it is a drain on our well-being and our awareness of God’s love at work in, and through, and among us.  Asking participants to share example of where they experience God’s love is a welcome antidote to the negativity rampant in our world.  If you’re part of a tradition that observes Lenten practices, then you could tie into this exercise and invite participants to “fast from hateful conversations or posts on social media.” In being more mindful of our hateful words we are reminded of the love to which Christ calls us. As Christ’s disciples we abide in the selfless, active, giving love of God.


Spring 2016-17 Theme: Love

Unifying Principle: Many search in the wrong places for a perfect love in which to put their trust. Can anyone be trusted to love without blemish at all times? John’s first epistle reminds us that God is love and those who abide in love have God’s love perfected in them.