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The Family Feud (5 of 10)
Series: Who's In Your Fave 5?
Pastor Chris Brown
WHY WE DEAL WITH IT, OR DROP IT:
- Because Dad said so.
- It's hurting us more than them.
- Forgiveness doesn't mean forgetting.
- It makes our relationship with Dad better.
HOW TO DEAL WITH IT:
1. It starts with a look in the mirror.
Matthew 7:1-5, Romans 12:1-2
2. Focus on what was done for us, not to us.
Ephesians 4:32, Colossians 3:13
3. Give mercy not justice, or let God be God.
Romans 12:19, 2 Samuel 16:5-14, Proverbs 20:22, 24:29
4. When we just can't win, walk away.
5. Forgive like your life depended on it.
Matthew 6:12, Ephesians 4:32, Colossians 3:13
TAKING IT HOME
1. Take a moment to review the five points Chris gave for how to deal with a family feud. Is there one point you need to focus more time and attention on?
Is there one that you'd like prayer for?
2. As you think about your relationships with your extended family, are there any family members you sense you need to initiate with as a result of this sermon or Growth Group study?
Growth Group Homework
Looking back at your notes from this week's teaching on The Family Feud, was there anything that particularly caught your attention, challenged or confused you?
1. Forgiveness tends to be more of a journey than an event. Sometimes we don't want to be on that journey. What are some reasons people have for holding onto grudges and not forgiving?
Can you think of any signs that a person may not have forgiven someone?
2. Looking back at the home you were raised in, which of the following best describes the way people responded when they were hurt or wronged? Circle as many as apply.
a) forgiveness was quickly given
b) forgiveness w ...
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