Love is Slow — Advent (Week 2)

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God is not in a hurry, but so often we are. What if hurry doesn’t just make us stressed, but hinders our ability to love? What if it compromises our relationship with God? In this sermon, Adam explores the symptoms of “hurry sickness” and provides three ways to resist hurry this Advent.

Sermon Discussion Questions

Zech 9:9-10; 1 Cor. 13:4  || Adam’s sermon || 12/8/19

  • In his book The Ruthless Elimination of Hurry, John Mark Comermentions the following symptoms of hurry sickness: irritability, emotional numbness, out-of-order priorities, restlessness, workaholism, not caring for your body, escapist behaviors, & hypersensitivity. Which of these, if any, do you suffer from?
  • We serve a God who isn’t in a hurry, Adam pointed out. Where do you see evidence in the Christmas story that God is not in a hurry?
  • “Love is incompatible with hurry,” Adam argued. Do you agree? Can you think of instances where, in order for love to be love, you had to give time? Or where you were the recipient of someone else’s gift of time?
  • “For many of us, the great danger is not that we will renounce our faith,” said John Ortberg. “It is that we will become so distracted and rushed and preoccupied that we will settle for a mediocre version of it.” Where in your life do you see hurry affecting your relationship with God? Can you think of a time when slowing down helped you experience more of God or be more present to him?
  • This week, take time to intentionally slow down. Here are three ways: 1) Choose the longest line in the grocery store and use the time to be present, prayerful, and patient. 2) Put away your phone when in conversation with someone. 3) Share a meal with someone and take the time to chew your food and enjoy table fellowship.