Imagine Forgiveness Part 2 / 4 Mid-Week Bible Study by Crossing Barriers Ministry

Now before we begin with the scriptures and video, lets start with an easy question. Would you describe yourself as an imaginative person? What role does imagination play in your life?To Hear The Complete Lesson, Click HERE

Imagination is defined as “the faculty or action of forming new ideas, or images or concepts of external objects not present to the senses” or “the ability of the mind to be creative or resourceful” or “the part of the mind that imagines things”.

Each week we will read an account of Jesus’ life from the gospels and engage with the video teaching. The four gospels give us a powerful look into the earthly life and ministry of Jesus Christ.

As we look at the life of Christ in the gospels, we discover much about the heart of God and the essence of Christianity.

We’ll read the parable of the prodigal son in several sections. Itr may be a familiar passage, so as you hear the narrative read aloud, try to put together yourself into the story.  Use your imagination! Luke 15:11–20

 [Due to a technical glitch, the video is unavailable but the main jest of the clip is that Bart’s Dad is diagnosed with cancer and Bart is finding it hard to forgive his father}

Let’s start with a few questions about the video, and then add some questions from the passage.

Bart says of his childhood: “Imagination definitely got me through almost all of [childhood].”

Why do you think Bart’s full sense of imagination – including art and music – helped him endure a painful childhood?

Bart’s father held a negative view of ambitious dreams and imagination, even in children. Bart says, “He was definitely bitter toward anything that seemed unrealistic.  And to him everything was unrealistic.

Have you experienced this bitterness from your parents, teachers, or others? How did that affect you growing up – or how has it affected you still?

How do you relate to Luke 15:11-20? Have you ever had a period of life where you ran away – from God, from your parents, from responsibilities or the church? What happened next in your life?

Let’s continue to read the parable and reorient ourselves around the forgiveness the father offers. Luke 15:20–24

Jesus’ parable shows us the heart of God: He is a kind, forgiving Father!

How does this challenge or encourage your view of God? Does the Father in this parable come to mind?

Perhaps you hold a view of God as stern, demanding or distant.

If so, why do you think that is?  When did you learn to view God this way?

In the video, Bart responds to his dad, “God can forgive you, I can’t” What do you think of that response? Have you ever held that response toward someone who has hurt you?

Now let’s finish the Luke 15 narrative: Luke 15:25–32

Do you identify more with the younger brother (Rebellious, runs away from home) or the older brother (Moral, dutiful, self-righteous)?

What does it mean to you that God celebrates your return to Him?

Scripture Reading

Mark 2:1–9                    Matthew 6:9                  Matthew 6:12                                             Matthew 6:14–15

Father God I believe you have forgiven me from so much sin. I have sinned against you and against others.  Yet you don’t hold that sin against me but forgive me and call me righteous in Christ. Thank you for such Mercy! Now will you give me the grace to forgive __________ as I have been forgiven?  You know how much I have been hurt by __________. But their sin against me is not so great as my sin against you.  So, Father I forgive __________.  Give me wisdom to express my forgiveness.

2 Corinthians 5:19–20

  1. What was the most significant thing you learned about God this week?
  2. What have you learned about yourself this week?
  3. What was the most significant thing you learned about the Christian life this week?
  4. What does it look like to change your focus or direction of your life around the reality of God and his love for you?
  5. What would your life look like if you fully believed everything you read about God’s Fatherly love for you?
  6. How might your life be different after a transformative experience with God? If you haven’t had a transformative experience, describe what might be holding you back.

Personal Assignment

Write a letter to someone who has hurt you. Recall how they have harmed, neglected, or mistreated you. Describe how that has affected your heart. Now write a few paragraphs offering forgiveness to them.

Why do you forgive them? (What about the cross, or the life of Jesus, or the power of forgiveness enables you to forgive now?)

To Hear The Complete Lesson, Click HERE 

Bible Reading Assignment

For all of you that are reading the New Testament in 2019, you will need to read the Book of Acts Chapters 26-28 & Chapters 1 & 2 from the Book of Hebrews.

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