These Bible study lessons are designed to complement the myriad of study guides and plans
available today. Through them, we hope to introduce sound study methodology, build a strong foundation of knowledge from which you can
build and integrate a more coherent and comprehensive understanding of God's word and theology.
The Bible is the only religious book that places a focus on love, a type of love that surpasses human comprehension. What god(s)
of any religion would send their only son to die for the sins of mankind? Only the Bible presents the means of salvation as a work
of God (John 6:29) and only achievable through the simple and genuine belief
Jesus is a real Being who died for our sins and engenders a trust in His words.
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1. One does not get a sense of God's love until Jesus introduces the Greek noun for God's love "agapē" found nowhere else in
extrabiblical literature contemporary to the time, which He passes on to His disciples (John 14:10).
This is only possible to observe with a study of Greek which the New Testament translations were based on and see where agapē and its
cognates are used. What do you observe about "agapē" (John 3:16;
16:27-28; 1 John 4:7-8, 19)?
3. The contrasts between the meaning of agapē contrast and culture's contemporary meaning of love abound further when in the context
of relationship between human beings (Lev 19:17-18;
Matt 5:43-48; 22:39-40;
Rom 13:8-10; Jam 2:8-13). How do
you love someone who may be unlovable?
4. Of particular note is that Jesus had to emphasize agapē within the context of a certain type of relationship twice during His
last supper on earth (John 13:34-35; 15:12-14;
1 John 4:11-13, 20-21)! Discuss what you should do.
5. What is your definition of agapē?
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