Joe Duke | 8/20/17
Series: The Community You Can Be
Series Part No: 12
Relationships can get strained and twisted and even broken. But a wrecked relationship is ripe for reconciliation. A reconciling community is one that creates an environment that anticipates reconnection and healing—the expectation that things can be put back right. This is true of the relationships we have with others and especially true of the relationship we have with God.
For further thought and discussion:
- Take a moment to think of a strained relationship you have experienced with someone. Describe how you felt (or are feeling currently) when you remember the challenges. How did the relationship get strained or broken? How did or how can it get repaired?
- When you hear the word, reconciliation, what do you think of? Read Colossians 3:13 and Ephesians 4:32. What role might forgiveness play in reconciling a relationship? What is your responsibility if the other person refuses to reconcile? (Consider Romans 12:18 for insights.)
- We live in a day when racial tensions still run high. Describe your experience with racial prejudice. What can you do to help promote racial reconciliation?
- Reconciliation is one of the great themes found in God’s plan of salvation. Read 2 Corinthians 5:19 and Romans 5:10. In what sense has God already reconciled the world to Himself? Did the death of Christ pay for the sins of everyone or just a few? (Consider John 1:29 and 1 John 2:2)
- Christ’s death made everyone savable. God has done everything to remove any obstacle preventing your reconciliation with Him. How does a person get reconciled to God and what role should Christians play in helping others get reconciled to God (2 Corinthians 5:20-21)?
- Why does God want to reconcile with human beings? What thoughts and feelings do you have when you consider God’s great love in making reconciling movement toward you?
- Oh How I Need You (Find You) by Stu Garrard, Leslie Jordan, David Leonard, and Paul Mabury
- Beautiful Things by Lisa Gungor and Michael Gungor
- How He Loves by John Mark McMillan
- Broken Vessels (Amazing Grace) by Edwin Othello Excell, Joel Houston, John Newton, John P. Rees, and Jonas Myrin
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