Community Group Homework
For the week of January 11, 2016
THE OFFICIAL ALEX DINGMAN WARM UP QUESTIONS
1. What was the best part of your holiday season?
2. What are you the most excited about in 2016?
Looking back at your notes from this week’s teaching, was there anything that particularly caught your attention, challenged or confused you?
TALK ABOUT IT
1. Do you think it is easier to forgive someone else or to ask
someone else for forgiveness? Why?
2. What do you feel are some of the negative effects of
In Matthew 6:9-15, Jesus gives His disciples a way to pray – we call it “The Lord’s Prayer”. At the end of that prayer and following, Jesus talks about forgiveness. Read this passage and talk about it together as a group:
9 Pray like this: Our Father in heaven, may your name be kept holy. 10 May your Kingdom come soon. May your will be done on earth, as it is in heaven. 11 Give us today the food we need, 12 and forgive us our sins, as we have forgiven those who sin against us. 13 And don’t let us yield to temptation, but rescue us from the evil one. 14 “If you forgive those who sin against you, your heavenly Father will forgive you. 15 But if you refuse to forgive others, your Father will not forgive your sins.
– What does Jesus teach His disciples (and us) about
forgiveness in this passage?
– What relationship does Jesus make between our
willingness to forgive others and our ability to experience God’s forgiveness? What do you think Jesus meant in His teaching?
– How is God’s forgiveness for us different than our
forgiveness of others? Or is it? Why or why not?
– Do you think it’s possible to withhold forgiveness from someone who has wronged you and feel God’s forgiveness at the same time? Why or why not?
– Why do you think it is difficult to forgive those who hurt you?
Read Luke 5:17-26, the healing of the paralytic.
– What does this passage imply about the relationship
between forgiveness and healing?
– How could extending forgiveness heal a relationship? How might it heal the other person? How might it heal you?
TAKING IT HOME
The New Testament book of James tells us that “faith without works is dead.” Are you willing this week to take a step towards applying these truths to your everyday life?
Would you be willing this week to ask God to show you where you need to forgive someone and/or ask someone to forgive you?
Challenge for the week: Colossians 3:13 – “bearing with one another and, if one has a complaint against another, forgiving each other; as the Lord has forgiven you, so you also must forgive”
How can our group pray for you this week?