Compelled By Love: Book Study – Chapter 10

05 March, 2015
Paul Preaching in Athens by Raphael in 1515

Paul Preaching in Athens by Raphael in 1515

We are a people who cried out for freedom. God has heard our cry and continues to listen. His answer is His love.

The world is also crying out for freedom. We can hear the cries of the hearts of people around us. God hears them too, and in setting us free He invites us to take part in his answering their cries. In an earlier chapter we discussed how we are set free to love God and others. When we do this we live a persuasive life, like the apostle Paul, that declares to the world that the Father, Son, and Spirit have come to bring home all who are lost. When we live this persuasive life we show others the love of God that has set us free.

The lost will return home. They will find freedom and love, and the Father will rejoice over his beloved’s return.

Study Questions

1. Describe what you picture in your mind when you think of the church. How does the description in the chapter inform your understanding of the church?

2. Do an honest assessment of your relationship with God. Do you relate to him out of religious duty or out of relational desire? How might each of these approaches affect your being able to live a persuasive life?

3. God’s love has made us new! We have a new hope and a new freedom. We can begin to dream new dreams. What might those dreams for your new life compelled by love look like?

4. You have cried out for freedom. God has heard your cry and continues to listen to it. He has set you free in his love. The world is crying out for freedom, too. Name and talk about one thing from your own experience that you can share with others that are crying out for freedom?

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3 Responses to “Compelled By Love: Book Study – Chapter 10”

  1. Rick McKinley

    You both painted a good picture of the Church. A community where you are loved and love others, a place where you serve with one another and serve one another. A group of people that loves regardless of what one can bring to the table. A community of beloved children who weep with one another and celebrate with one another. Thank you for sharing your vision of the church!

  2. Ruben J. Alvarado

    I grew up in the church. It was something we did as a family. As a child I was into the environment of the church. The beauty of stained glass windows depicting events in the life of Christ enhanced the feeling of the family being in a loving place. A loving place where joyous and melodic music soothed our restless hearts. As I got older, the environment took on a lesser role. The rituals associated with the celebrating of worship and fellowship were more meaningful to me. In the confines of this spiritual habitat I achieved many milestones such as baptism and matrimony. In the church, I heard the Word of God. There I found the love and support of others. There I found ministries where I could participate in. As a community of believers, we not only strengthened others, but we sustained ourselves. I learned about charity from being a member of this worship community. We celebrated each others joys as well as their darkest hours. We recently lost our church to a forest fire in Weed, CA. We know have church in a large classroom donated by our local community college. The stained glass windows and the beautiful architecture of our lost church no longer surround us. The organ that enriched our worship, the beautiful wooden cross behind the altar, the cathedral roof, the bell tower, the comfortable pews, and the nicely cloth covered altar, the baptismal font, the Hall where we gathered for celebration, are now replaced by maps of the world, a television, a big movie screen behind our replacement altar. We are so grateful to have this classroom. It has literally taught us that the church is not necessarily the building but the people who come to express their love to God. We find God’s grace, love, mercy,and hope in each other. Since the loss of our church, it seems that our fellowship is warmer and more loving. We hope our new church will be built sometime in December. The environment in the church might not be the same we once had, but we still commune, we still hear the Word of God, we still sing hymns of praise and thanksgiving, we pray, we express generosity, and love for our God and each other. We’ve lost our old church, and our church, the people, will return to a new home where we will find freedom and love.

  3. Heidi Dahlin

    I love Imago Dei Commuity, and although we are far from perfect (which, ironically makes us perfect in my mind), I feel so blessed to be a part of this body. Today I was helping with the Vulerable Child class after the service. We’ve been going at it for seven weeks now and these kids have come so far in their emotional growth, it’s crazy. I had the thought in beginning that I would help out and bless some child’s life and that isn’t what happened at all–these kids instead are blessing us with their courage and growth. Earlier in the book it described a friendship as being where you show up and you are loved. I think a church is where you show up and you are blessed. After class I joined my husband and grandson at a neighbor’s house a half-block from the church. She started coming because she liked our music that she could hear from her house. I sat next to her the first week she came because she has a cool dog. From the time we first shook hands in church, a friendship has formed. We’ve started helping her out with yard work, but I feel we receive the greater blessing. I have learned to see the world differently. I feel loved for who I am, not how much I weigh or what I look like. She can see who I am on the inside. That’s amazing. And all because of church.


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