Life Group Guide (10.15.17)
For the week of October 15-21
Sermon Series: Say What?
Forgiving Means Forgetting (Watch or Listen to This Week's Message)
Impact Team Focus: Prayer Team
Main Thought for the Week:
Forgiveness is central to the Christian message, but it is often misunderstood. When the call to forgive others morphs into the call to forget, many of us opt out. From there, we can easily become disillusioned with God. We project onto God that His forgiveness should have removed all traces and consequences of our sin and transgressions.
When it comes to forgiveness, there are temporal and eternal realms. In the eternal realm, spiritual consequences are removed by forgiveness. However, on the earthly level, God’s forgiveness rarely if ever removes all consequences. Instead, temporal forgiveness means getting a genuine second chance.
We must forgive others because we have been forgiven. We must stop keeping score, and let God be God.
Colossians 3:13 (NIV)
Bear with each other and forgive one another if any of you has a grievance against someone. Forgive as the Lord forgave you.
2 Samuel 12:13-14 (NIV)
Then David said to Nathan, “I have sinned against the Lord.” Nathan replied, “The Lord has taken away your sin. You are not going to die. But because by doing this you have shown utter contempt for the Lord, the son born to you will die.”
Do you consider yourself to be a forgiving person?
Are there specific sins or types of sin that you have difficulty forgiving others for, or that you feel are unforgivable?
Have you ever held a grudge against someone?
Why is it so important for Christians to extend forgiveness to others?
Do you ever struggle with receiving God’s forgiveness?
Pray for individual requests in the group, pray for people being reached out to by group members by name, and pray for the growth and health of Grace City.