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From the Cross | Forgiveness

by Jason Hardy on April 01, 2022

Life Group Study Guide: Loved what you heard on Sunday? Want to go deeper? The life group study guide will help you unpack what you heard on Sunday, while diving deeper into God's word.


  • When you were a kid, did you have an arch nemesis or someone you held a grudge against?

Dig Deeper:  

Read Luke 23:26-43

  • What stands out to you from this passage of scripture? Give the Holy Spirit a moment to lead you to specific thoughts, words, or phrases. What insight, questions, or observations do you have? Write them down, and as a group try to answer them.
  • What do you find significant about how Jesus responded to the women who mourned for Him as He went to His death?
  • What do you find significant about Jesus’ prayer for those who were responsible for crucifying Jesus?
  • What did the criminal who was welcomed into Jesus’ Kingdom do to deserve such mercy?
  • How did Jesus’ actions on the cross demonstrate the power of the words He preached? (Luke 6:28-31, Matthew 5:43-45) 

Making it Personal

  • In your experience, what makes it so difficult to forgive others when they have hurt you?
  • In both Luke 6 and Matthew 5, Jesus tells His listeners to pray for our enemies. Why? What role does prayer play in having a God-oriented view of who is our neighbor and who is our enemy?
  •  Read Deuteronomy 32:35 and Romans 12:19.Why does God declare “vengeance is mine?” What is the danger we face when we take it upon ourselves to seek vengeance?
  • In what ways have you experienced someone giving you mercy when they had it in their power to punish or harm?
  • Have you ever forgiven someone who has seriously hurt or wounded you? What process or steps did you take to forgive and continue to forgive?
  • How has God’s word encouraged you personally, through this study or Sunday’s sermon?

Tags: prayer, jesus, compassion, mercy, god, pray, forgiveness, holy spirit, hurt, neighbor, enemy


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