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Freedom Beyond Religion: The Power of Love [Mark 12:28-34]

Explore the transformative power of love and freedom beyond religion in this enlightening video. Join Pastor Jon Silva from Crosscreek Community Church in Salem, Oregon as he delves into the deep connections between love and the teachings of Jesus Christ. Discover a new perspective on Jesus and religious exploration in this engaging study. If you’re seeking to break free from preconceived notions and embrace a message of love, this video is a must-watch.

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[00:00] Key Thoughts:
[01:43] Religion often feels like a prison rather than a path to freedom.
[02:20] When we discover the heart of God, we discover true freedom.
[03:07] When we truly search for the heart of God, we won’t be satisfied with mere religion.
[04:30] The more we love God the more we discover who we are.
[06:15] True love for God flows out of God’s true love for us.
[07:00] Love for God is cultivated and demonstrated by our love for others.
[07:59] Love is seeing someone’s worth and choosing to help them flourish
[10:43] Loving like Jesus is simple but demanding.
[15:16] The love of Jesus gives us the freedom to love without rules.

Allow Jesus to love your neighbor through you…
– Pick one person you find hard to love
– Read Hosea 6 v.6 and pray for one good thing to happen to them each day for 5 days.

Discussion Questions:
1. Has religion ever felt like a prison to you?

2. Jon said, “When we truly search for the heart of God, we won’t be satisfied with mere religion.” What do you think he meant? Do you agree or disagree?

3. Read Hosea 6 v.6. In what ways do you think a focus on rules and regulations can keep us from authentically loving God and others?

4. Think about a person or group that is hard for you to love and/or understand (you don’t have to share who they are.) What practical steps can you take this week to love your neighbor as yourself?

5. How can your group pray with you this week?



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