The Most Important Thing Ever (Mark 12:29–30)

Part 3

Sermon Notes

Mark 12:29-30 “The most important is, ‘Hear O Israel: The Lord our God, the Lord is one. And you shall love the Lord your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your mind and with all your strength.”

1. Heart

God is the source of my deepest satisfaction and my hope for emotional health–1 John 2:15-17

2. Soul

God’s will drive my will; God’s desires are my desires.

1 John 4:20-21

Love what he loves

Hate what he hates

3. Mind

The depth of my knowledge of God determines the depths of my growth–Psalm 63:1-8

4. Strength

True love cannot remain hidden–John 14:15

Personal Reflection

  • Take inventory of the things you love most and would miss terribly if you lost them. Ask God to give you love for Him that exceeds those things.
  • Do you know what God wants? Meditate on what God says he wants (his glory, sin and unbelief destroyed, greater love). Examine your heart to see if you desire these same things.
  • What can you do to increase your knowledge of God? Do you have any time in your life set aside to knowing him more deeply?
  • Is there anything you know God says to do but you keep resisting? Pray for the ability to love God with all your strength.

Family Worship

  • See if your kids can remember what the greatest commandment is. Discuss what each part means.
  • Pray as a family that you would love God more than you love the world.
  • Talk about what God loves. Ask each other if you love what God loves. Pray for this to be true.
  • Talk about the last thing you learned about God. Discuss with your family why it’s so important to learn more about God.
  • Talk about the areas that you love well and the areas that you love poorly.