Theme: Why love is better.
1. 1 John 4:18 talks about the relationship between fear and love. What are you afraid of? Could you ever love something you were afraid of?
2. Before he left the earth, Jesus told his disciples to “go and make disciples of all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit, and teaching them to obey everything I have commanded you” (Matthew 28:18-20). What do you think is the best way to share Jesus with others?
“There is no fear in love. But perfect love drives out fear, because fear has to do with punishment. The one who fears is not made perfect in love.”
A: The building supplies that have been disappearing.
A: That the Elder has been behind all the strange happenings at the building site.
A: He wants to tell the islanders that the storm is a warning from God to stop worshipping idols.
A: They show love to the islanders, reminding them of God’s promises and helping them clean up after the storm.
In today’s episode, Spike learns that showing God’s love to people leads them to Jesus more effectively than scaring or shaming them. The islanders are interested in learning more about God because the missionaries comforted and cared for them during and after the storm.
In the early church there was a woman named Dorcas. The Bible says that Dorcas was, “always doing good and helping the poor.” After she died, people were very sad. Dorcas made God real by taking care of people around her. In this way, she led many people to Jesus (Acts 9:36-42).
Telling people that God is going to judge them for their sins is true. But it doesn’t seem to lead many people to God. If scaring people about God doesn’t work, what does? Serving others, caring for others, and showing people what God’s love looks like—like Dorcas did. All of these actions make people curious about God.
Want to dig deeper about leading people to God? Read all of 1 John 4 as a good summary of all three Power Trip episodes.
Do you know someone who needs to know God? What can you do to show God’s love to that person today? Think of a specific person. Write down ideas of ways you can draw that person closer to God through your actions. Pray and talk to God about your ideas. Ask for his help—and then do it!