It's About To Get Real • Part 3
1. We typically view our relationship with stores/businesses as consumer relationships; that is, we frequent them as long as they meet our needs. Name a restaurant or store that was your favorite at one time but is no longer preferable to you. What changed your opinion?
2. How do we sometimes treat personal relationships with a consumer mindset?
3. Read Ephesians 5:21-33. This text shows us an example of a covenant relationship; that is, a relationship built on long-term commitment. What part of this passage strikes you as most profound?
4. What are some differences between consumer relationships and covenant relationships?
5. Describe a relational conflict you experienced that was based on personality differences. How did it end up? How does a covenant perspective change how conflicts such as this are handled?
6. Describe a relational conflict you experienced that was rooted in a sin or mistake. What effect does showing mercy bring about in a situation like that?
7. In the sermon, we learned that “actions of love often lead to feelings of love.” What makes this principle so hard to live out?