Week of 4/1/2018

Session 5 OMG the God I Wish You Knew

Justice Served

INTRODUCTION

During this season of our group we are discussing who God really is. In order to know who God really is, we need to develop a relationship with Him. Our relationship with God is built on our perception of Him. Today we are going to talk about what our perceptions of God are, and how it affects our relationship with Him. 

Breaking the Ice

  • Have you ever had a misperception of someone that affected your relationship with them? 
  • When you hear that God is “just,” what scenario does that bring to your mind? 

MAIN CONTENT

  • Most of the time when we think about the current definition of justice it brings to mind some sort of punishment. Have you lived your life thinking God intended to punish you for things you have done wrong? 
  • The Bible talks about justice in a way we may not have thought about before. 

READ: Isaiah 1:17
 Learn to do good. Seek justice. Help the oppressed. Defend the cause of orphans. Fight for the rights of widows.

  • Where do you see justice discussed in the verse above? 
  • In this verse, God’s justice is an example of defending those who can’t do it for themselves. 
  • Have you ever found yourself in a situation where you helped someone who could not help themselves? If so, how did that make you feel? 
  • Do you think God sees helping others as part of growing in our relationship with Him? 
  • With the example of God’s justice being described as helping others, does that make you think differently on a time where you felt him showing justice? 
  • Did you feel like it was more of a punishment towards you or the consequence of your sin? Why? 

When we make negative choices, we have negative consequences. God didn’t bring those negative consequences to you on purpose. They happened due to the choices you made. God’s justice has nothing to do with adding additional pain to settle the score. 

  • God’s justice springs from love and is always for the purpose of healing and restoration. 

NEXT STEP

READ: Romans 6:23 For the wages of sin is death, but the gift of God is eternal life in Christ Jesus our Lord. 

  • The Bible says that we should die based on our sins we have committed, but Jesus came to let us live if we believe in Him. He is ultimately JUST. 
  • How can you let go of the wrong things you have done and live freely through Him this week, knowing there is NOTHING keeping you from his forgiveness? 
  • How can you support others in your group to feel this same forgiveness that he gives to everyone who freely asks?