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Dear Leader,

Herewith the Life Group Guideline for this week.

Opening Prayer:

Worship:

Icebreaker

What is your favourite movie, or a recent movie that you have enjoyed?

#NT260 Check in:
1 Timothy 2:5 says "There is one God and one Mediator who can reconcile God and humanity – the man Christ Jesus. He gave His life to purchase freedom for everyone."
Ask a few group members to read this verse from a few different versions of the Bible. See where the Holy Spirit takes the discussion.

Theme – No place for revenge.

Introduction
Many movies are based on a story line of revenge. Revenge is common place in our popular culture. But there is no place for revenge in God's Kingdom culture.

Key Scripture
Read Romans 12:17-21 from the English Standard Version.
17 Repay no one evil for evil, but give thought to do what is honourable in the sight of all. 18 If possible, so far as it depends on you, live peaceably with all. 19 Beloved, never avenge yourselves, but leave it[a] to the wrath of God, for it is written, "Vengeance is mine, I will repay, says the Lord." 20 To the contrary, "if your enemy is hungry, feed him; if he is thirsty, give him something to drink; for by so doing you will heap burning coals on his head." 21 Do not be overcome by evil, but overcome evil with good.
1. Think about South Africa. How can we make a difference by choosing to live peaceable with all people? What would this mean in a practical sense in terms of the way we speak and behave towards others?
2. Reflect on King David in the Bible and allow your group time to discuss his response to Saul. David was treated unfairly by Saul. Yet he didn't seek revenge even when he was in a position to kill Saul. In 1 Samuel 24:12 David said, "May the LORD judge between you and me. And may the LORD avenge the wrongs you have done to me, but my hand will not touch you."
3. There is no space for revenge. We need to act in the opposite spirit when someone mistreats us. When we try to take revenge it's like we are wanting to sit on God's throne and judge the person. By leaving vengeance to the Lord, we are acknowledging that it is God's responsibility not ours. How does leaving vengeance to the Lord demonstrate our trust in Him, and what difference can this make to the state of our hearts and to our responses to people that hurt us?

Ministry time:
Aim to have allow a longer time for ministry in your LG meeting. Even if it involves having shorter discussions in the above points. God wants our hearts to be pure (Matthew 5:8).

Have Communion emblems available. Invite LG members to take time on their own to examine their hearts and to forgive, release and bless anyone that the Holy Spirit reminds them of.

Ask if there is anyone in the group that is really wrestling with forgiveness or with thoughts of revenge. Minister to them and pray for them. Also pray and minister for members that may be struggling with something else in their lives. Trust for the Holy Spirit to move and for the gifts of the Spirit to operate.

Regards

Bruce Taylor
LIFE GROUPS PASTOR

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