We recently came to the end of the story of Joseph and his family. But as we begin the Gospel of John, we’re really just continuing to follow the bigger story of God’s redemptive work. Here are some questions to help you prepare for this series on the Gospel of John while also responding to last Sunday’s message on John 1:1-9. Read the rest of this entry »

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As the story of Joseph and his family comes to an end, Joseph’s brothers still doubt that he has forgiven them. They’re scared to death that he will make them pay for the horrible experiences they put him through. All this brings Joseph to tears as he reminds his brothers that his experiences are ultimately not about them! They are about the Lord!

The Lord has ordained his steps; the Lord has used him to rescue the lives of countless people; and the Lord has displayed his love toward him through all of it. In fact, he has come to know God  more deeply and intimately than he ever would have otherwise.

So, as Joseph’s life comes to an end, it’s fitting that he uses his final words to once again remind his family of God’s presence, power, and faithfulness to his people.

Here are some questions to help you respond to this past Sunday’s message. Read the rest of this entry »

This past Sunday, Pastor Won Kwak shared a faithful, convicting message with our church from Luke 14:1-24. In it he addressed issues ranging from our propensity to gravitate toward people who are like us or have something to offer us, to the importance of believing that our God is able to save and heal anyone — even folks about whom we’re losing hope.

Here are some questions to help you respond to the message. Read the rest of this entry »

This past week we read from Genesis 48 and 49 in our walk through the story of Joseph and his family. Our focus in this episode was on legacy–more specifically, the legacy left to his sons and grandsons by Joseph’s father, Jacob.

Hopefully, this narrative helped us to think about…

  1.  the legacy we’re passing on to the children and younger people in our lives.
  2. the amazing legacy we stand to receive as children of God.

Here are some questions to help us respond to the message. Read the rest of this entry »

Here are some questions to help you respond to last Sunday’s message on Genesis 46-47. Read the rest of this entry »

Questions for Reflection and Discussion

  1. For the past few weeks, we have been studying the life of Joseph and his family. Up to this point, how has the life of Joseph and the hearing of God’s word preached affected or changed how you view your day to day life circumstances?
  2. Read Chapter 42 together as a group. What are some details that you noticed this time around that are particularly striking to you in light of the sermon last week? What are some things you would have wanted to know more about?
  3. The first point of the sermon addressed the honesty and lies of the brothers. While at first glance innocuous, the answer the brothers gave Pharaoh carried much more weight in light of who they were really speaking to. What are some ways you yourself feel convicted of the manner and way in which we speak to others, while God knows our every thought and deed. What is the mercy of God given to us in these types of situations?
  4. Secondly, we looked at the mercy of God in our guilt. All of us at one time or another have felt guilty or covered up sin. What are some ways God has spoken to you or taught you in your guilt, and what has been uplifting yet perhaps painful instruction God has done for you in his mercy? Perhaps and if you are feeling the conviction of God, what is some guilt or sin you need to be forgiven of even now? What is the hope and mercy that is held out to us in Christ? 
  5. Thirdly and finally, God’s mercy in our ignorance. Tons of things have happened and are happening that have brought us to the place where we are now. God’s mercy is new each morning. Do you struggle with this knowledge? What are some things in the sermon that you found helpful, confusing, or need clarifying in regards to this point? What comfort do you feel in knowing that God is in control of all things and is working all things for your good?

 

This past week we reached a turning point in the story of Joseph and his family. The Hebrew son who was framed and forgotten is finally remembered and redeemed. In Chapter 41, Joseph is not just freed from prison; he is elevated to the place of ruler, second only to Pharaoh in the Egyptian empire.

Interestingly, Joseph doesn’t get to this position of honor and authority by grasping for it, or by leveraging his abilities. Instead he gets there by continuing to serve people and God. He exercises patience, not self will. He displays meekness, not ambition. He humbles himself, and God exalts him (Matthew 23:12; James 4:10; 1 Peter 5:6). Then God uses him to bring rescue to countless people.

The Lord has been active in Joseph’s story at every step. In fact, he has even used every event in Joseph’s life to transform this once arrogant boy into a servant who leads from a place of utter dependence on his God.

So much can be learned from this episode in the life of Joseph, but on Sunday we focused on the sovereign Lord who stands at the center of the story and thought about how he calls us to respond and relate to himself. Here are some questions to help you respond to that message.  Read the rest of this entry »