Jan 21, 2018
Joseph Forgives His Brothers

This week Pastor Deric concludes our series Forgiven to Forgive with a sermon entitled “Joseph Forgives His Brothers”

Questions
Genesis 50:15-21
Ice Breaker: What habits do other people have that drive you crazy?
 
1. What did Joseph mean by his remark in Genesis 50:19 when he said, “Do not fear, for am I in the place of God?”
2. Read Genesis 50:20. What is one of the great confidences we have when forgiving others of their sins? Where is this concept restated in the book of Romans?
3. This is the second time Joseph reassured his brothers that they were forgiven - find the previous occasion. Why do you think they became fearful of him a second time?
4. Read Genesis 50:21. What is the result of true forgiveness?
5. Sometimes after forgiving you may have resentment you can’t seem to figure out or let go of. What can you do to handle residual sadness and anger that come up even after forgiving someone?
6. What kind of offences do you find most difficult to forgive? Why?
7. What did you find helpful or challenging about the message?
 

"He that cannot forgive others, breaks the bridge over which he himself must pass if he would ever reach heaven; for everyone has need to be forgiven." - Thomas Fuller

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  • Jan 21, 2018Joseph Forgives His Brothers
    Jan 21, 2018
    Joseph Forgives His Brothers

    This week Pastor Deric concludes our series Forgiven to Forgive with a sermon entitled “Joseph Forgives His Brothers”

    Questions
    Genesis 50:15-21
    Ice Breaker: What habits do other people have that drive you crazy?
     
    1. What did Joseph mean by his remark in Genesis 50:19 when he said, “Do not fear, for am I in the place of God?”
    2. Read Genesis 50:20. What is one of the great confidences we have when forgiving others of their sins? Where is this concept restated in the book of Romans?
    3. This is the second time Joseph reassured his brothers that they were forgiven - find the previous occasion. Why do you think they became fearful of him a second time?
    4. Read Genesis 50:21. What is the result of true forgiveness?
    5. Sometimes after forgiving you may have resentment you can’t seem to figure out or let go of. What can you do to handle residual sadness and anger that come up even after forgiving someone?
    6. What kind of offences do you find most difficult to forgive? Why?
    7. What did you find helpful or challenging about the message?
     

    "He that cannot forgive others, breaks the bridge over which he himself must pass if he would ever reach heaven; for everyone has need to be forgiven." - Thomas Fuller

  • Jan 14, 2018Confessing The Truth
    Jan 14, 2018
    Confessing The Truth

    This week Pastor Deric begins our new series Forgiven to Forgive with a sermon entitled “Confessing The Truth”

    Questions
    1 John 1:5-10
    Ice Breaker: If you could change places with a Bible character, who would you choose? Why?

    1. Find 3 examples of confession and forgiveness from the Old Testament that parallel 1 John 1:9.
    2. Verse 7 says that the blood of Jesus will cleanse us from all sin if we walk in the light. How does this tie in to verse 9?
    3. What is the only phrase in the Lord’s prayer with a “condition” attached? (see Matthew 6)
    4. God’s forgiveness of us is directly tied in to how willing we are to forgive others. Find three verses from the New Testament that support this.
    5. What is the benefit of confession as noted in James 5:16? What other activity is confession paired with to experience this benefit?
    6. What challenges or obstacles do you face when confessing your sins to others? What is something you can do to overcome them?
    7. What did you find helpful or challenging about the message?
     

    “When you forgive, you in no way change the past - but you sure do change the future.” - Bernard Meltzer

     

  • Jan 7, 2018The Ten Greatest Words in the Bible
    Jan 7, 2018
    The Ten Greatest Words in the Bible

    This week Pastor Deric begins our new series Forgiven to Forgive with a sermon entitled “The Ten Greatest Words in the Bible”

    Questions
    John 7:53-8:11

    Ice Breaker: When you were little, which superhero did you like best? Why?

    1. What does it mean to you to forgive someone?
    2. Read Matthew 18:21-35. What is the Biblical measure of forgiveness?
    3. In John 8 verse 6 it says the Pharisees were trying to find a way to bring an accusation against Jesus. In what way was this particular situation intended as a trap?
    4. Explain why Jesus’ response in verse 7 produced the results it did? How should his words also affect us?
    5. Find 3 other references in the gospels of the word “condemn”. From the context of these verses chose a synonym that could be substituted instead.
    6. Spend some time reflecting on your relationships (including the past). Who are some of the people you need to forgive today?
    7. What did you find helpful or challenging about the message?
     

    “Compassion will cure more sins than condemnation.” - Henry Ward Beecher