Friday, December 28, 2007

Just forget about it - maybe not...

Here is my latest small group curriculum that tackles the topic of when to forget and when to remember - something to think about as we finish one year and begin another.

Big Idea:
There is a time to remember and a time to forget; a time to focus on the past and a time to move into the future. God calls us to honor the past, but not to live like we did when we were separated from Christ.

Summary:
We live in a modern culture where little honor and respect is paid to the past. We tend to be looking around the next corner for the greener grass. We are very good at forgetting and not so good at remembering and cherishing what God has done throughout redemptive history and even in our own lives. From cover to cover, God’s Word strongly encourages us to “remember the wonders he has done, his miracles, and even the judgments he pronounced.” We are told to “remember Jesus Christ, raised from the dead.” And, “remember the height from which we have fallen! Repent and do the things we did at first.” Remembering God’s deliverance and his mighty works is crucial. In fact, we are told to teach these things to our children and their children after them. But, there is also a time when forgetting is exactly what we are told to do. There is a time to move on. But, what does the Bible tell us we are supposed to forget, and when are we supposed to move on? We are told to “forget the former things (how we used to live) and do no dwell on the past.” Paul said that he “forgets what is behind him (stops living the way the used to live in his sin) and instead strains toward what is ahead (a life lived in Christ for eternity).” So, let’s remember God’s awesome works and deliverance, while forgetting and leaving our former way of living when we were separated from Christ.

Discussion Questions: (read the scripture & discuss)

Psalm 105:1-5

What does this Psalm tell us we should not forget? What are some practical and real things we can do that will help us remember these things? (look at the passage)

Deuteronomy 4:1-9
God is gracious to deliver us, but he also instructs us not to forget his commands and to teach them to our children. What commands of the Lord should we not forget and why?

Ephesians 2:11-22
Why should we remember the things in these passages? Remembering who we are in Christ is crucial. How does this truth change who you are and how you live?

Taking Action: Make a list of the things God has done in your life that you need to always remember and treasure. What are some former things and ways of living that you need to forget and no longer engage in? Update and review these two lists on a regular basis.

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