During our current sermon series ‘Joseph: The BIG Picture Guy’ we are posting questions to help you think about the scripture passage. For Week 8 on Remembrance Sunday November 11th we looked at Genesis 45 on Reconciliation and Forgiveness. (Recordings of the sermon will be available in the foyer of the church).
We invite you to use some or all of the following questions as you consider this scripture:
What does it mean to live out the lines of the Lord’s prayer?
You may be familiar with the older version:
‘And forgive us our trespasses, as we forgive those who trespass against us’.
Or the newer:
‘Forgive us our sins as we forgive those who sin against us’.
What makes it hard? What human characteristics get in the way?
2. Read Ephesians 1:3-10. Discuss in the light of our themes of revelation, forgiveness, reconciliation and God’s big picture and his plans for each of us.
3. Consider 1 John 1:5-10 which places forgiveness at the heart of our Christian faith.
What do verses 8 & 10 say to you?
Are you able to be light in the darkness?
What opportunities do you have to reach out and be a bridge of reconciliation:
a) In your family?
b) In your work place?
c) Between your friends?
d) At church?
4. Consider the Triangle picture on this post, as used in Sunday’s sermon. (If you are in a group it may be useful to follow the bullet points in twos).
UP is your relationship with God – your worship time, devotions, prayer, bible reading, 1 to 1 with God.
IN is your relationship with those in the family of church and other Christians, the time spent walking with others, receiving and giving, growing in your own Christian journey but also helping and encouraging others. Being a disciple and being discipled. It is intentional and regular.
OUT is your opportunity to share what you have received from your UP and IN with those who do not know Jesus. Not necessarily bringing them to church but sharing friendship, hospitality, acts of kindness, peace.
Oikos is the Greek name for household it meant the church community that met in each other’s homes in the New Testament.
• Score yourself out of 10 as to how you think you are doing in each aspect of life at the moment in each area.
• Are you in or out of balance – it is an equilateral triangle.
• Share your scores with someone else and discuss where you can make small changes.
• Pray together about being in balance.