Adult Class: 1/29/2017 and 2/1/2017
As you watch the video segment for session3, use the following outline to record anything that stands out to you on the back of this page.
- Meeting Joseph: Favorite, Dreamer, Slave
- Facing false accusations
- Dream interpreter
- A unique family reunion, with God working all things out for good
- From a human standpoint, (the Lower Story), Joseph was in the worst place; abandoned by his family, sold in to slavery, cast in to prison. From the divine perspective, he was in the best place. How do you see God working in Joseph and showing blessings, even in the pain of these moments of his life?
- In the darkest times of Joseph’s life we read that ‘the Lord was with Joseph’. How have you experienced the Lord being with you in the hard times of life? What are some of the signs that God is with us, even in the dark places?
- Joseph waited two years in prison for someone to remember him and to send help. Tell about a time you waited for months or years on an answer from the Lord. How did you make it through this long season of waiting?
- God has an amazing ability to bring good out of the life’s bad situations. Tell about a time when something hard and painful happened in your Lower Story, but later you saw God accomplish something wonderful in the Upper Story of his will.
- Joseph was reunited with his brothers 22 years after they sold him off as a slave. What strikes you about his attitude towards his brothers and the way he treats them? What does that teach us about the condition of his heart and the depth of his faith?
- Joseph could have retaliated and gotten revenge on his brothers for all the wrong they had done to him. Instead, he provided for them and extended forgiveness. What makes it hard to forgive people who have intentionally wronged us? What can we do to forgive, even when it’s difficult?
- Charles Colson could say, “ If I had not been caught ad ended up in prison, I would never have become the man I am today.” Joseph could say, “If my brothers had not turned on me, if Potiphar’s wife had not falsely accused me, I would have never ended up meeting Pharaoh’s servants in prison. I might have never become the King’s right hand man.” Describe how your life would be different if you had never faced a specific time of challenge and struggle.
- Romans 8:28 tells us, “In all things God works for the good of those who love him, who have been called according to his purpose.” What is one situation in your life where you need to embrace and experience this truth? How can your church pray for you as you walk through this difficult situation?