Life Principle 3: RECONCILIATION
SHARE
  1. How have you experienced God this week?
  2. What are you thankful for?
  3. What do you need God’s help for?
  4. How can we help you with your needs?
  5. Pray for each other
REVIEW
  1. What have you put into practice since our last meeting?
  2. How are the people that you are caring for going? What would help them most?
  3. Were you able to share a God experience with anyone? Did you pray with them?
  4. Pray for these people
READ
  1. Read the passage aloud twice.
  2. Have one person retell the passage in their own words with the group’s help.
  3. Was there anything missed or added?

Matthew 18:21-35

21  Then Peter came to Jesus and asked, “Lord, how many times shall I forgive my brother or sister who sins against me? Up to seven times?”

22  Jesus answered, “I tell you, not seven times, but seventy-seven times.

23  “Therefore, the kingdom of heaven is like a king who wanted to settle accounts with his servants. 24  As he began the settlement, a man who owed him ten thousand bags of gold was brought to him. 25  Since he was not able to pay, the master ordered that he and his wife and his children and all that he had be sold to repay the debt.

26  “At this the servant fell on his knees before him. ‘Be patient with me,’ he begged, ‘and I will pay back everything.’ 27  The servant’s master took pity on him, canceled the debt and let him go.

28  “But when that servant went out, he found one of his fellow servants who owed him a hundred silver coins. He grabbed him and began to choke him. ‘Pay back what you owe me!’ he demanded.

29  “His fellow servant fell to his knees and begged him, ‘Be patient with me, and I will pay it back.’

30  “But he refused. Instead, he went off and had the man thrown into prison until he could pay the debt. 31  When the other servants saw what had happened, they were outraged and went and told their master everything that had happened.

32  “Then the master called the servant in. ‘You wicked servant,’ he said, ‘I canceled all that debt of yours because you begged me to. 33  Shouldn’t you have had mercy on your fellow servant just as I had on you?’ 34  In anger his master handed him over to the jailers to be tortured, until he should pay back all he owed.

35  “This is how my heavenly Father will treat each of you unless you forgive your brother or sister from your heart.”

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DISCOVER
  1. What stands out for you in this passage?
  2. What do you like and what bothers you in this passage?
  3. What does this passage tell you about God and people?
APPLY
  1. Ask God what He wants you to do in response to the passage. Is there:
    • A behaviour to change?
    • A promise to claim?
    • An example to follow?
    • A command to obey?
  2. Share this with the group