RAPID CITY ON A HILL, Part 4: The Hassle of Love

RAPID CITY ON A HILL, Part 4: The Hassle of Love

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Every week, it’s our goal to provide you with some questions to process the message deeper, either personally, or with a small group. Here are some questions for you to consider from this week’s message, “The Hassle of Love”, part 4 of the RAPID CITY ON A HILL message series, with Pastor Shawn M. Shoup.


  • Matthew 5:43-48 ESV


Discuss these questions with someone—maybe a family member, friend, or member of your Connect Group. Use a communication method that works best for your situation. 

Start talking.

Find a conversation starter for your group.  

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Start thinking.

Ask a question to get your group thinking. 

  • Point #1 this weekend was that “we (as a culture) like hating people”. Do you agree? Why?
  • Who are some enemies in your life? What do they look like?

Start sharing.

Choose a question to create openness. 

  • Have you ever prayed for one of your enemies? Share your story.
  • Has Jesus shown you grace when you didn’t deserve it? Explain.
  • Do you see any of your enemies ever becoming your friends? Why or why not?

Start praying.

Be bold and pray with power. 

Father, I want to love as you love. Period.

Amen and amen.

Start doing.

Commit to a step and live it out this week. 

  • Take the three steps to love your enemies this week: 1) pray for them, 2) greet them, and 3) provide for them.


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