Crazy Like Us Part 3 Study Questions
Rev. Dan Shaw
For a deeper dive on the question of forgiveness/relationships check out these questions below. And…here is a challenge: get another person, or group of people, and go through the study together! God’s word is super powerful when there are other believers with you (far more than individual time).
15 “If your brother or sister sins, go and point out their fault, just between the two of you. If they listen to you, you have won them over. 16 But if they will not listen, take one or two others along, so that ‘every matter may be established by the testimony of two or three witnesses.’ 17 If they still refuse to listen, tell it to the church; and if they refuse to listen even to the church, treat them as you would a pagan or a tax collector.
18 “Truly I tell you, whatever you bind on earth will be bound in heaven, and whatever you loose on earth will be loosed in heaven.
19 “Again, truly I tell you that if two of you on earth agree about anything they ask for, it will be done for them by my Father in heaven. 20 For where two or three gather in my name, there am I with them.
Read Matthew 18:15-17. What are the steps Jesus laid out for settling disputes between Christians?
Have you ever experienced or heard of these steps being practiced for settling disputes between two fellow believers?
When confronting someone, why is going to that person alone so much more productive? Why don’t more people do this?
What happens to a community/family/church when someone gossips? Do you agree that a listener of gossip is as guilty as the talker? Why?
When the situation moves to the next level, what’s the difference between bringing two friends and two church members?
Verse 20 speaks of Jesus being particularly present when forgiveness takes place? What happens when there is un-forgiveness? Ephesians 4.26-27. Why does Paul link un-forgiveness with the presence of Satan? 2 Corinthians 2.10-11.