Video Introduction

Sunday, September 27, 2009

Take Home Guide for Week Seven: Jesus and Joseph

Take Home Guide

Jesus Story Year,
Story Seven: Christ and Joseph

Sunday Readings:
Genesis 37:1-4, 12-28
Psalm 105: 1-6, 16-22, 45b
Acts 7:8b-15
Matthew 26:14-35

Further Reading and Meditation:
Genesis 37-50
Exodus 13:18-19, Joshua 24:31-32
Deuteronomy 33
Psalm 81
Hebrews 11:21-22

Discussion Questions:
Feel free to use some or all of these questions in your cell group, Bible study, or with your family. Some questions will need to be reworded or omitted for smaller children.

1) Do you know the story of Joseph (Genesis 37-50)?  What is the most memorable part of his story?

2)  When Joseph confronted his brothers about their wickedness, he said “As for you, you meant evil against me, but God meant it for good in order to bring about this present result, to preserve many people alive.” (Genesis 50:20)  Have you ever been in a situation in which someone did something evil to you, but which resulted in something good for you or others?

3) Have you ever done something wrong but something good came out of it?

4) Have you betrayed someone, or been betrayed by someone?  Would you be willing to talk about that with your group?

5) Christ knew that Judas would betray him (John 6:64), and this betrayal was part of God’s plan (Luke 22:22).  Does that get Judas off the hook for what he did?

6)  Does the fact that Christ was betrayed by those closest to him make him more accessible to you?  What does this do to your understanding of his love for you?


  1. Each week a treasure trove is being provided in this study. Thank you, thank you, thank you!

    I love how question 2 brought out Gen. 50:20. I always here the 'what you meant for evil, God meant for good' part quoted, but hardly every the what God meant it for part -- to save the lives of many. What a glorious picture of our salvation in Jesus Christ.


  2. Hey! Where's week 8? :-)

    Loved this message. I was preparing to serve communion several years ago and I studied the accounts of the Table in the Gospels and Paul's letter to the church at Corinth. In that study, I found this one common detail in all accounts -- even John's who doesn't mention the Table at all. That phrase is "On the night He was betrayed..." It jumped off the page and has stuck with me ever since.

    Michael Card wrote a song related to Judas called "Traitor's Look" and in it there is a line that goes "Now Judas don't you come too close, I fear that I might see, the traitors upon your face, might look too much like me. 'Cause just like you I've sold the Lord and often for much less and like a wretched traitor I betrayed Him with a kiss."


    P.S. Really, where is week 8? :-)