Love Where You Live

Week 2 – Isolation vs. Relationship

Sept 6 – 12, 2020

Big Idea

Because God is relational, we are relational. We are not wired for isolation but sent into the world to cultivate relationships.


Genesis 1:26-27, 2:18, Philippians 2:1-11, Galatians 6:2

Ice Breaker & Opening Thought

  1. Whether you have a little or a lot, what is your favorite way to spend your alone time?
  2. We desire meaningful relationships with God and each other. Deep down, we all want connection. Even the most introverted person recognizes the need for community. How does connecting with those around you look in your own life?

Bible Discussion

  1. Read Genesis 1:26-27, 2:18. What do you notice about God and His creation?
  2. Read Philippians 2:1-11. What does this say about the very nature of God? How do we reconcile our personal ambitions with looking to the best interests of others?
  3. Read Galatians 6:2. What are some ways we can carry each other’s burdens?

Life Application

  1. According to a survey from January 2020 conducted by Cigna Health, three in five adults reported being lonely. That number was 23 million people more than just two years ago in 2018. Loneliness was a problem before COVID-19! With social distancing measures in place, the number of adults feeling lonely or isolated is even greater still. So, if it was a serious problem before, getting back to a “normal” way of life isn’t the solution. What has changed about your life and relationships due to the pandemic?
  2. Are there any changes you’ve been forced to change that you want to be permanent changes?
  3. Susan Pinker, a psychologist and author of “The Village Effect,” said that loneliness is a subjective feeling of being alone against your will. That means you can be alone and not be lonely, or you can be surrounded by people and still feel alone. Do you find yourself feeling more alone or lonely as social distancing drags on?


So, Coronavirus isn’t the only factor to feeling lonely, but it has accentuated our desire not to be alone. You probably have experienced something similar. And if we are having these feelings, it is a safe bet that people in our communities feel it too. What are some ways we can continue to live in community and BLESS one another right now?