• Turner Christian Church

April 26: Joseph in Egypt

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1. Getting Started:

  • How are you holding up?

  • What did you find most interesting about the sermon this week? The most helpful, eye-opening, or troubling?

  • What do you think of Joseph’s brother’s frustration at the beginning of the story? Can you sympathize? (You can read about their grievances in Genesis 37:1-11)

2. Into the Bible:

Read Acts 9:1-19

  • Before Jesus intervened, what was Saul planning to do when he encountered Ananias and the other Damascus disciples?

  • What did God tell Ananias to do in v. 11-12? How did Ananias react in v. 13-14? How would you react?

  • Look closely at v. 11-12 and 15-16. Does God make any guarantees about Ananias’s safety? Does he tell Ananias exactly what will happen when he meets Saul? How do you think Ananias felt as he left?

  • How did Ananias choose compassion over bitterness? How would things have gone differently—for Saul and for him—if Ananias had chosen bitterness instead?

3. Going Deeper

  • Can you think of a time of exile in your own life when you realized later that God had been preparing you for something?

  • This about that moment. What did it feel like while you were in exile? How did it feel after you saw how God used the exile for your good?

  • How can memories like these give us courage during future times of exile?

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