Joseph: Trust.

Introduction:

Ephesians 1:11who works all things according to the counsel of His will

Romans 8:28 - And we know that for those who love God all things work together for good, for those who are called according to his purpose.

Three other factors:

  1. Sin
  2. Time
  3. Purpose

God doesn't cause the evil, but He brings something good from it.

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When I Choose to Trust that God is in Control... (Genesis 50:15-21)

  1. I don't need to be in Control. (Gen 50:19)
  2. I can see the Good He has done. (Gen 50:20)
  3. I am free to just Love people. (Gen 50:21)

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Small Group Discussion

WHOLE GROUP
Read Genesis 50:15-21

  1. Do you believe God is sovereign over all that happens, or just some of what happens? Do you believe man's free will can interfere with God's plan? Be honest. How do your beliefs line up with Joseph's in this passage?

  2. God uses evil done to us - ultimately for good. How can a victim of abuse or rape honestly believe God can and will use that for good?

  3. Name a time that you saw God use the actions of an evil person to ultimately bring something good.

BREAKOUT

Tell of the hardest time you've ever had to forgive someone. How did you do it? Pray for one another that you each can have a heart of forgiveness and trust in God's sovereign will.