Table Talk | June 22-23

Kyle Patrick   -  

Growth Group Guide: The Parable of the Unforgiving Servant

Key Takeaways:

1. You’ve been forgiven by God an amount you could never repay.
2. Though you’ve been forgiven much, you often forget that when others wrong you.
3. The God who has forgiven you expects you to forgive others.

Discussion Questions:

1. What stood out to you most from this sermon? Why?
2. The sermon mentions that the servant owed the king an equivalent of $14 billion in today’s currency. How does this enormous debt help you understand the magnitude of God’s forgiveness towards us?
3. Can you share a time when you struggled to forgive someone who wronged you? What made it difficult?
4. How does remembering God’s forgiveness towards us impact our ability to forgive others?
5. The sermon distinguishes between forgiveness and trust. How can separating these concepts help us in our relationships?
6. Discuss the quote: “We are most like beasts when we kill. We are most like men when we judge. And we are most like God when we forgive.” How does this challenge your perspective on forgiveness?

Practical Applications:

1. Reflection Exercise: Take a few minutes to silently reflect on someone you need to forgive. Write down what’s holding you back from forgiving them.
2. Forgiveness Plan: If you identified someone you need to forgive, create a plan to initiate a conversation with them this week. Remember, the goal is to forgive, not necessarily to rebuild trust immediately.
3. Gratitude Journal: Start a daily practice of writing down one thing you’re grateful God has forgiven you for. Use this to fuel your willingness to forgive others.
4. Scripture Meditation: Spend time meditating on Colossians 3:13 this week: “Bear with each other and forgive one another if any of you has a grievance against someone. Forgive as the Lord forgave you.”
5. Accountability: Share with a partner in the group one area where you struggle with forgiveness. Commit to praying for each other in this area throughout the week.

Closing Prayer:

Lord, thank you for your immeasurable forgiveness towards us. Help us to extend that same forgiveness to others, even when it’s difficult. Give us the strength to initiate conversations of reconciliation and the wisdom to know how to rebuild trust. May our lives reflect your forgiveness and grace. Amen.