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Craig A. Brittingham, Pastor
Hillside Baptist Church
May 28, 2023

“The Greatest Commandment” – Matthew 22:34-40

1A. You Must Love God Whole-Heartedly and Supremely.
1b. This is the first and great commandment.
2b. This command was part of a prayer or passage of Scripture recited every day by pious Jews (Deut 6:4-9).
3b. The emphasis is on a whole-hearted, undivided, love for God.

2A. You Must Love Your Neighbor as Yourself.
1b. Your neighbor is not just the person living next door.
2b. Loving him as yourself means looking out for and meeting his needs as you would your own.
3b. This commandment is like the second.

3A. On These Two Commandments Hang All the Law and the Prophets.
1b. If I love God, I will obey all that is in the law and the prophets!
2b. If I love my neighbor, I will not steal from him, sleep with his wife, or covet his stuff! (Rom 13:8-10)
3b. Obedience to the commandments of God must be motivated by love (cp. 1Cor 13:1-3).

1. Did the Pharisees ask Jesus the question that they might learn truth from Him? If not, why did they ask the question?
2. How might Jesus’ answer to this question discredit Him or at least diminish His popularity as a prophet? Or how did the question put Him in peril?
3. Are some of God’s commandments more important than others?
4. Jesus said that the second commandment, to love neighbor, is like the first, to love God. How is the second like the first?
5. Who is your neighbor?
6. What did Jesus say about the relationship between loving Him and keeping His commandments in John 14:15?
7. What did Paul mean in Romans 13:8, “…he who loves another has fulfilled the law”? Read Romans 13:8-10 for the answer.
8. What did Paul say about the role of love in serving God and others? See 1Cor 13:1-3
9. Is it possible to love God with all your heart, soul, and mind?
10. What warning did Paul issue in 1 Corinthians 16:22 to those who do not love Jesus?