Episode 8: The Judgement Mercy Cycle.

Break the Ice.

  •  What are some patterns in life that are extremely predictable?

Bring the Word. 

A very predictable pattern emerges in the book of Judges. Israel rebelled against God. God brought judgment upon the people through oppression. God heard their cry and raised up a judge, or deliverer. The people turned back to God. And the cycle would start all over.

Read Judges 2:6-10

  • How is Joshua remembered in verse 8? (as a servant of the Lord.)
  • What’s the significance of such a title?
  • What are the ramifications of not passing on your faith to the next generation?
  • Who is at fault? The older or younger generation? (both are at fault)

Read Judges 2:11-19

  • According to verse 14, what consequence arose from turning away from God?
  • How was this generation different from the previous generation?
  • How was this generation the same as the previous generation?
  • How do we harmonize God’s two seemingly opposing qualities? His firm judgment vs His patient deliverance?

Bring it Home.

  • Do you view God more as firm and judgmental or gentle and gracious?
  • Read 1 Corinthians 5:11-13.
  • Who are we instructed not to judge, and who are we allowed to judge?
  • What does Paul mean by insiders and outsiders?
  • How should we as Christ-Followers act toward insiders? How should we act toward outsiders?
  • How can we pray for one another?

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