The Story:
Discussing Chapter 3

by Living Springs Community Church on November 15, 2015

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“The Story” is an opportunity to experience the Bible in its chronological order. The Living Springs family is reading The Story together during the week, and our Sunday messages will help us process and apply what we’ve been reading. If you are in a group or family that is studying The Story together, you can use the questions below to spark discussion.

Chapter 3: Joseph—from slave to Deputy Pharaoh

Based on Genesis 37, 39, 41–48, and 50, which includes these events:

  • Joseph is sold into slavery in Egypt
  • Jacob and family settle in Egypt
  • Jacob dies
  • Joseph dies

Breaking the ice

What’s the best promotion you ever received? How did you earn it?

Digging in

The stories we read about Abraham are continued in this chapter: Joseph is Abraham’s great-grandson. Though he was the 11th of 12 sons, and had no authority or position, God chose him to save his family and the whole nation of Israel. Obviously, this didn’t happen overnight, and Joseph had to learn to trust God’s timing.

Reflecting

  1. When Jacob was young, his father Isaac showed favoritism toward Jacob’s brother Esau. As a result, the family was torn apart. Yet Jacob didn’t seem to learn from this experience when raising his own sons. In raising your children, were you intentional about learning from your parents’ mistakes or successes?
  2. As a teen, Joseph had two dreams about his family bowing down to him. How would it make you feel if you had a dream like this? What would you do in response?
  3. Though Joseph was betrayed by his brothers and uprooted from his home, he went on to have a successful life in Egypt. How do you think this was possible?
  4. Twenty years after the betrayal, Joseph’s brothers approached him to buy grain. Was there any evidence that they had changed in those 20 years?
  5. When Joseph brought his family to Egypt, they lived in Goshen for 17 years before Jacob died. How do you imagine the family dynamics were during that time?

Praying

Pray about old hurts and broken relationships in your life. Pray for full forgiveness, even if it takes a long time.

 

For next week…

Chapter 4: Deliverance

Based on Exodus 1–7 and 10–17:

  • Moses is born
  • God sends the plagues
  • Israel leaves Egypt
  • Wilderness wanderings
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