April 26: Joseph in Egypt
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?