These studies do not tell you what the Bible says. The scriptures given direct you to specific topics. The questions are intended to help you focus on the study. No answers are given. You have to read and search the scriptures for the answers. We encourage you to use Bible helps such as concordances and commentaries. However, scholars and theologians often disagree on interpretation and application. The best study help comes from God. Pray. Allow yourself to be honest with your reactions, but don't jump to conclusions. It takes time to read and meditate on all the Bible says on various topics. Feel free to ask questions in your prayers. You will be amazed to discover that God does answer the sincere seeker. You will also be surprised that the Bible may not say what you might think it does on many subjects. Keep a notebook. A loose leaf one would make it possible to add thoughts and additional information as you learn more about different subjects. Welcome to an exciting search.  

Bible Study Guide:

The First and Greatest Commandment

By Scarlett Stough

To prepare for this Bible study, please read the women in Christ commentary, Do You Love Me?

1. John 21:15-19. If Jesus were to ask you, "Do you love me?" how would you answer him?

2. Matthew 22:36-40; Deuteronomy 5:6-10; 6:4-6; John 1:1-18. Why does God put such an emphasis on loving God above all else? How does loving someone or something affect you and your choices and actions?

3. Matthew 10:32-39; Luke 8:19-21; Jeremiah 31:33. How do you think you should live out this teaching of Jesus to love him more than any of your closest relatives?

4. John 8:42-47. Why do some not love God, according to Jesus? How does it become possible to love God?

5. Read 1 John Chapters 1-5. Write down something from each chapter which describes how we know we love God.

6. Revelation 2:1-7. What warning does Jesus give the churches in this letter to the church at Ephesus? What often claims our devotion, taking the place of the devotion which belongs to God?

7. Romans 8:1-39; Galatians 5:22-23. How does God’s love for you personally affect your ability to love him before anyone or anything else?

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