Community Group Homework
For the week of November 9, 2015
Looking back at your notes from this week’s teaching, was there anything that particularly caught your atten- tion, challenged or confused you?
- One Sunday, we said that there is a difference between forgiveness and reconciliation. Do you see differences between those two concepts? What are they?
- Have you ever experienced reconciliation in a relationship? How did it happen? What was that experience like for you?
In Colossians 1:19-22, the Apostle Paul is writing to the Christians in Colossae, explaining what Christ had done for them when He died on the cross. Read that passage and discuss the questions that follow:
19 For God was pleased to have all his fullness dwell in him [Jesus], 20 and through him to reconcile to himself all things, whether things on earth or things in heaven, by making peace through his blood, shed on the cross. 21 Once you were alienated from God and were enemies in your minds because of your evil behavior. 22 But now he has reconciled you by Christ’s physical body through death to present you holy in his sight, without blemish and free from accusation—
- What do you think that Paul means when he says that God is reconciling Himself to “all things” through Christ?
- How do you react to Paul’s description of people who are not reconciled to God through Christ as, “alienated from God,” and “enemies”? Why do you think Paul uses such strong language?
- What do you think it means to be reconciled to someone? What does it mean to be reconciled to God?
- How should being reconciled to God impact our IDENTITY as Christians? What difference does it make?
In Matthew 5:23-24, Jesus talked about reconciliation with others. He said:
“Therefore, if you are offering your gift at the altar and there remember that your brother or sister has something against you, leave your gift there in front of the altar. First go and be reconciled to them; then come and offer your gift.”
- What does this passage say about our RESPONSIBILITY as reconciled people?
- Has an unreconciled relationship with another per- son ever hindered your worship of God? If so, how?
- How can the church be agents of reconciliation? What should that look like in our culture?