Memory Verse for the Week: Hebrews 11:22 (ESV)
By faith Joseph, at the end of his life, made mention of the exodus of the Israelites and gave directions concerning his bones.
Intro: Who do you know that is bitter over a distant injury?
WHAT IS IT TO CONFESS?
What happens when you have no defense before your accuser?
TRUSTING GOD’S GOODNESS
How does God use even our intent to be rid of Him to bring about our restoration and redemption?
HARING GOD’S MERCY
How does Joseph’s story show us the impact of the gospel?
YOU CAN PRAY WITH US ...
1. Worship the LORD for His Almighty power, wisdom and love. Praise Him, Father, Son and Holy Spirit that His rule is not undone by even the most wicked intentions.
2. How have you lived like Joseph’s brothers, scheming and manipulative toward those you’ve hurt? Confess your guilt to Jesus, asking Him to forgive you and free you from your slavery to all you’ve done wrong.
3. Give thanks to Jesus, that as the Ultimate Offended One, He provides for us, the offenders. Thank Him for acting by His wisdom, power and love to use even our hatred of Him to redeem us.
4. Who has hurt you most deeply? Pray for the Spirit’s help to “not be in God’s place” but rather to trust the Lord to deal with them and work for your healing and for their blessing.
5. Ask the Holy Spirit to bear in you His fruit of love, joy and peace. Pray for His power to change you from living in self-protective ways in order to truly love, forgive and even to bless those who have hurt you.
The Facilitator is a study tool designed to help you engage with the weekly sermon through the five elements we incorporate in our Community Groups; Get Acquainted & Sharing, Sermon Study, Mission, Worship and Prayer. This tool will be made available Monday morning to give us the opportunity to look back at what we heard on Sunday.