Small Group Weekly Bible Study
Parables – 3 – “And be kind to one another, tenderhearted, forgiving one another, even as God in Christ forgave you.”
Theme: Show Forgiveness You’ve Been Shown
Definition: Forgiveness– to cease to blame or hold onto a debt against someone else
What was it about this week’s sermon that challenged you the most?
When have you found yourself in the position of the unforgiving servant?
Observation and Interpretation Questions:
Read Matthew 18
- Why do you think it is so hard for you to forgive someone who had wronged you?
- What do you think Simon Peter was really trying to say by offering to forgive seven times?
- Why would we even want to put a cap on how often we forgive?
Read Colossians 2:13-15
- What do you think Paul meant by your being dead in trespasses (verse 13)?
- Which of the things God does for you is most important to you (verses 14-15)?
- Why is it so important that you realize all that God has done for you in Christ?
- How are going to go about actually forgiving someone else in your life?
- What can you do in your daily life to make showing forgiveness part of your lifestyle?
Prayer: Heavenly Father, please help us recognize all that You have forgiven us for in Christ Jesus so that we can extend some measure of that forgiveness to others in our life.
Talk and Pray with one another about how you can Join Jesus on His mission in your own lives this week, using the questions on the back, and pray for one another about any personal concerns or praises you have.
In his sermon, Peter Baye described the following four-step forgiveness process:
- Recognize the debt. Why do you think “calling it like it really is,” is such an important first step?
- View the debt through the lens of the cross. How might this actually work in your life?
- Know your role; you are not the Judge. Why is it so difficult for us to let God be the Judge?
- Seek reconciliation, when possible. When might this not be an acceptable course of action?
Share an experience that reflects how this process has worked (might work) in your life.
Prayer: Father, thank You for the forgiveness that You extend to us in Christ Jesus; give us the ability to see others’ offenses against us as You see ours against You, so we can then extend sincere forgiveness to them.