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March 7, 2019, 10:48 AM

Lenten Study - Final Words from the Cross by Adam Hamilton



Session 1: “Father, Forgive Them”
Scripture: Luke 23:26, 33-34a (p. 13 in book)

 

TRUTH #1: We are all in need of FORGIVENESS

Reflection Questions

  1. The central focus of the gospel is grace and God’s mercy. Hamilton said you cannot appreciate God’s mercy until you know you need it.

What did he mean by this?

 

  1. Our aim as Christians should not be to make others feel guilty but to help them discover the grace and healing mercy of God that we all so desperately need.

What are some ways we can do this?

 

TRUTH #2: God’s GRACE is a GIFT

Reflection Questions - Read Romans 5:6-8

  1. Turn to pg. 26-27 and discuss what John Wesley referred to as prevenient grace.

 

TRUTH #3: Jesus Modeled FORGIVENESS

Reflection Questions:

  1. Discuss Hamilton’s comments (pg. 29) on Matthew 6:14 - “If you forgive others their sins, your heavenly Father will also forgive yours.”

 

  1. Have you experienced the healing that comes from offering unmerited forgiveness to someone? If so, please share with your group.

 

3. Share your thoughts about Hamilton’s comments below (on pg. 32):

“There are people whose salvation is actually harmed when we extend forgiveness to them before they have repented. But, there are other situations when the extending of mercy before someone asks actually leads the other to repentance.”

 

Closing thought

The prayer of Jesus on the cross is meant to become our prayer. If Jesus can pray, “Father, forgive them,” then, with his help, we can to.

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