Week 4 Small Group Questions- Forrest

  1. Jacob’s son Joseph is sold into slavery by his older brothers. It’s an incredibly cruel act, and we’d expect Joseph to be bitter and angry towards them, even years later. Genesis 45:5, however, paints a different picture. Here we learn that God has taken an act of evil and cruelty and redeemed it- meaning he took something that was intended for evil, and created something good out of it. How have you seen God’s redeeming work in your own life?

 

  1. Most people are familiar with the story of Jesus feeding the 5,000 people with 5 loaves of bread and 2 fish. However, most people aren’t familiar with a similar story that takes place shortly afterward, in which he feeds another crowd- 4,000 people this time- with seven loaves of bread and an unspecified number of fish. It’s no less miraculous, but we simply pay less attention to that story. Think about all the Biblical stories you’ve read so far this year- which ones had you never heard or read before?

 

  1. There’s a weird moment in Matthew 15:22-28. A Canaanite woman approaches Jesus and asks for him to heal her daughter, and he ignores her! She follows him begging, and Jesus, clearly annoyed, tells her that he won’t help her because she isn’t an Israelite.  Eventually, she convinces him to heal her daughter. Why did it matter to Jesus that she wasn’t an Israelite?

 

  1. In Exodus 3:14, when Moses asks God what His name is, God responds by saying “I am who I am”. Why do you think God describes himself this way?

 

  1. In Matthew 18:1-5, Jesus tells his disciples that unless they become like children, they will never enter the kingdom of heaven, but he never describes what he means when he tells them to become like children. What do you think he meant?

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