Wednesday, October 1, 2014

October 1, 2014

Read:  Ephesians 4:25, 29-32

What are the three steps in v. 25 to becoming a truth-teller?

Make a list of the criteria found in vv. 29-32 in regards to how we should communicate with others.

Pray through this list and ask God to reveal any sins of the tongue in your life.

Tuesday, September 30, 2014

September 30, 2014

Read:   John 1:14

What two components make up the framework for the fullness of Christ?

Why was the Word becoming flesh so important to understanding this?

How was Jesus able to balance both without compromising one for the other?

Monday, September 29, 2014

September 29, 2014

Read:  Ephesians 4:11-15

What is the goal found in vv. 13-15? How is this done? (v. 15a)

How are these two concepts difficult to balance?

Which do you need growth in? How will you accomplish this?

Saturday, September 27, 2014

September 27, 2014

Read:   Genesis 33:4-17, 45:4-24

How was Jacob’s and Esau’s reconciliation similar and different than Joseph with his brothers? Be specific.

What does this highlight about the difference between forgiveness and reconciliation? Why is this critical?

How have you experienced this truth? What steps can you take to transition forgiveness into reconciliation?

Friday, September 26, 2014

September 26, 2014

Read:   Genesis 45:4-8, Romans 8:28-29, Luke 23:34, Matthew 18:21-22, 1 Corinthians 13:5-6

How did Joseph view the sinful actions of his brothers? How did this impact his ability to forgive?

How did Joseph model a Jesus approach? Why is this an important part of reconciliation after a betrayal?

How easy is it for you to forgive others? Why? How does God want you to apply a Joseph approach?

Thursday, September 25, 2014

September 25, 2014

Read:  Genesis 45:4-24

Describe the way Joseph stepped into reconciliation with his brothers. Be specific.

What does this teach about the responsibility of the betrayed when learning to trust a betrayer again?

Why is this important? What can happen if this doesn’t take place? What is God teaching you?

Wednesday, September 24, 2014

September 24, 2014

Read:  Genesis 37:17-27, 42:15-22, 45:24, James 4:1-11

What connection is there between Joseph’s brothers battling each other and following the Lord?

Why is this important to recognize when you are trying to reconcile a broken relationship?

How is God prompting you to regroup with Him about a relational hurt? Take time right now to do it.