TiO 15 – The Story – But God…
The Main Idea
In chapter 3 we see one primary story, the story of Joseph. This is the story about a flawed family and the son who experienced hardship and grace and then was able to dispense grace in return. Joseph’s life was success followed by tragedy at regular intervals: His brothers, Potiphar, Pharaoh. In the end, Joseph’s faithfulness set the stage for the beginnings of the nation that God promised to Abraham.
Warm Up Questions: (Choose 1 or 2)
Q1: Many of us heard Bible stories when we were children, at home, in Sunday School, or in other places. What Bible story from your childhood do you remember as being most significant? Why?
Q2: Have you seen a Bible story that was made into a movie? Talk about your impressions, good or bad, of these stories.
Q3: Have you ever had a moment where someone granted you a significant amount of grace in a circumstance? Tell that story.
The story of Joseph is difficult to hear because in it we see a guy who followed God but we see that his desire to follow God got him into trouble with people. Through all of those circumstances we see Joseph coming back time to his reliance on God and dispensing grace to the people around him.
Q1: Are you currently in a situation where you are (or should be) giving out grace to someone who has wronged you? Share that story if you can.
Q2: What is your response when someone else can give you grace but does not? What can the story of Joseph teach us about those circumstances?
Pray that, like Joseph, you will embrace the grace that God gives and have the courage to dispense grace to those who do not deserve it, especially those who have hurt you.