Simplify – Week 4: Simple Forgiveness

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Week 4 – Small Group Discussion Questions


  1. Sometimes we underestimate how much damage a torn relationship can do in the long run. Have you ever experienced this scenario?  If so, how?


  1. Pastor Jon said that we can generally tell where our spiritual maturity is by how we react when we’re sinned against. Do you agree?  Why or why not?


  1. Bill Hybels offers three categories for offense, Minor Offenses, Legitimate Wounds, and Life-Shattering Offenses. Do you feel that these three categories accurately categorize wrong doing?  Why or why not?


  1. Do you believe we should just over look all Minor Offenses? Why or why not?


  1. Read Matthew 18:15. Bill Hybels believes that correctly applying this one verse will resolve about 90% of all disagreements. Do you agree with this statement?  Why or why not?  Can you think of a scenario where it won’t work?


  1. How difficult is it for you to “Let it Go” when people refuse to reconcile with you?


  1. When someone experiences a Category 3 Offense (a life shattering offense) there are no words to comfort them. So what would you say to them to help them look down the road for forgiveness one day?


  1. Read 1 Peter 4:13. Do you think this verse communicates that God allows bad things to happen so that we will grow in Christ?  Why or why not?