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LIFE GROUPS WEEK 1 – HOW TO ESCAPE YOUR PRISON

Nothing Wasted
1. LIFE GROUPS WEEK 1 – HOW TO ESCAPE YOUR PRISON
2. LIFE GROUP WEEK 2 – DONT. DONT. NEVER. STOP

LG VIDEO – WEEK 1  – 9:33 MINUTES

FULL SERMON 35:22 MINUTES

DISCUSSION:

  • What was your favorite band in high school?
  • Share your notes from the teaching, what impacted you? Was there a moment you sensed the Holy Spirit?

SCRIPTURE 

Genesis 40

1 Some time later, Pharaoh’s chief cup-bearer and chief baker offended their royal master. 2 Pharaoh became angry with these two officials, 3 and he put them in the prison where Joseph was, in the palace of the captain of the guard. 4 They remained in prison for quite some time, and the captain of the guard assigned them to Joseph, who looked after them.5 While they were in prison, Pharaoh’s cup-bearer and baker each had a dream one night, and each dream had its own meaning. 6 When Joseph saw them the next morning, he noticed that they both looked upset. 7 “Why do you look so worried today?” he asked them.8 And they replied, “We both had dreams last night, but no one can tell us what they mean.” “Interpreting dreams is God’s business,” Joseph replied. “Go ahead and tell me your dreams.”

9 So the chief cup-bearer told Joseph his dream first. “In my dream,” he said, “I saw a grapevine in front of me. 10 The vine had three branches that began to bud and blossom, and soon it produced clusters of ripe grapes. 11 I was holding Pharaoh’s wine cup in my hand, so I took a cluster of grapes and squeezed the juice into the cup. Then I placed the cup in Pharaoh’s hand.” 12 “This is what the dream means,” Joseph said. “The three branches represent three days. 13 Within three days Pharaoh will lift you up and restore you to your position as his chief cup-bearer. 14 And please remember me and do me a favor when things go well for you. Mention me to Pharaoh, so he might let me out of this place. 15 For I was kidnapped from my homeland, the land of the Hebrews, and now I’m here in prison, but I did nothing to deserve it.”

16 When the chief baker saw that Joseph had given the first dream such a positive interpretation, he said to Joseph, “I had a dream, too. In my dream there were three baskets of white pastries stacked on my head. 17 The top basket contained all kinds of pastries for Pharaoh, but the birds came and ate them from the basket on my head.” 18 “This is what the dream means,” Joseph told him. “The three baskets also represent three days. 19 Three days from now Pharaoh will lift you up and impale your body on a pole. Then birds will come and peck away at your flesh.”

20 Pharaoh’s birthday came three days later, and he prepared a banquet for all his officials and staff. He summoned his chief cup-bearer and chief baker to join the other officials. 21 He then restored the chief cup-bearer to his former position, so he could again hand Pharaoh his cup. 22 But Pharaoh impaled the chief baker, just as Joseph had predicted when he interpreted his dream. 23 Pharaoh’s chief cup-bearer, however, forgot all about Joseph, never giving him another thought.

UNcomplicate it:

Observation Question:
What do you observe about the passage? Take turns sharing from observations from the text or your personal notes from service.

Understanding Questions:
Pastor Justice shared that some of us have become “dungeon dwellers” by living too long in betrayal, failure or fear. What are some of the reasons it is hard for people to move forward and get out?

Application Questions:
Can you relate to any of the following dungeons? Share a struggle that you are working through or share a time God has helped you escape.

The Dungeon of Betrayal:
Betrayal leads to disillusionment and bitterness. Jesus leads us to forgiveness and healing

The Dungeon of Failure:
Failure leads us to shame and self-centeredness. Jesus leads us to grace and service

The Dungeon of the Unknown:
Fear leads us to anxiety and obsessive control. Jesus leads us to surrender and hope.

Before Next Week:
– Pick someone to share next week from their Life Journal to kick off the group discussion.
– Pray for one another in groups

Life Journal Reading Plan:
Day 1: Matthew 25
Day 2: Matthew 26
Day 3: Matthew 27
Day 4: Matthew 28
Day 5: Mark 1
Day 6: Mark 2
Day 7: Mark 3

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