Feb. 07, 2021
This Week’s Teaching
1) The Foundation of Courage
John 14:6: Jesus answered, "I am the way and the truth and the life. No one comes to the Father except through me."
1 John 4:10: This is love: not that we loved God, but that he loved us and sent his Son as an atoning sacrifice [propitiation] for our sins.
DQ 1) Why are truth and love essential for courage to be genuine?
2) The Model of Spiritual Courage
Matthew 26:36-39: Then Jesus went with his disciples to a place called Gethsemane…. Then he said to them, "My soul is overwhelmed with sorrow to the point of death. Stay here and keep watch with me." Going a little farther, he fell with his face to the ground and prayed, "My Father, if it is possible, may this cup be taken from me. Yet not as I will, but as you will."
1 John 3:16: This is how we know what love is: Jesus Christ laid down his life for us. And we ought to lay down our lives for our brothers.
DQ 2) Why was Jesus so agonized in the Garden of Gethsemane?
3) Courage to Forgive
Genesis 45:4-5: Then Joseph said to his brothers, "Come close to me." When they had done so, he said, "I am your brother Joseph, the one you sold into Egypt! And now, do not be distressed and do not be angry with yourselves for selling me here, because it was to save lives that God sent me ahead of you."
DQ 3) Why does it often take courage to forgive?
DQ 4) How does unforgiveness inhibit true courage?
4) Courage to Love
Genesis 45:9-16: Now hurry back to my father and say to him,”This is what your son Joseph says: God has made me lord of all Egypt. Come down to me; don't delay. You shall live in the region of Goshen and be near me--you, your children and grandchildren, your flocks and herds, and all you have. I will provide for you there, because five years of famine are still to come.…” And he kissed all his brothers and wept over them. Afterward his brothers talked with him. When the news reached Pharaoh's palace that Joseph's brothers had come, Pharaoh and all his officials were pleased.
DQ 5) What are examples of courageous love?____________________________________________________________________________________________________________________