Beyond Belief, Session 4 (God is Forgiving): Additional Questions

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The Point: God always forgives when I truly repent.

Icebreaker Questions

  • If you could be like any famous fictional character, who would it be?
  • If you had one more chance at high school what would you do differently?
  • What is the nicest thing anyone has ever done for you (don’t forget to think about your parents)?
  • When was a time that you had to ask for forgiveness? Did the person easily forgive or were they reluctant? How did their response make you feel?
  • Do believe in the axiom “forgive and forget”? Why or why not?
  • Give your definition of forgiveness.
  • When does life seem the darkest/the lightest?
  • What squeezes the life out of life?
  • Describe a world without forgiveness.
  • Name some public figures that have had moral failings. How did they deal with their problems? How did the public respond?
  • What rule did you break most regularly as a child? How did your parents respond?
  • Share the funniest rule you’ve broken. What happened as a result?
  • If you were in a television courtroom drama which role would you rather play: the judge, a member of the jury, the prosecutor, the defense? Why?
  • Describe a time you have been the recipient of forgiveness from another person.
  • Who is the most forgiving person you know?
  • Forgiveness flows from God’s love. How does God’s forgiveness inspire you to be more loyal and devoted to Him?

1 John 1:5-10

  • What are some of the most basic things when it comes to following Christ?
  • Can you think of a relationship in your life that was strengthen because there was forgiveness?
  • When compared with your relationships with other people, is your relationship with Christ more or less intimate?
  • When did you experience the judicial forgiveness that God offers through Christ?
  • What are the sins in your life that you need to seek forgiveness from to reestablish fellowship with Christ?
  • How does it make you feel to know that “God is waiting on us; we are never waiting on Him”?
  • What does it practically look like to “walk in the Light”? What evidence should there be in our lives if we are truly walking in the Light?
  • Have you experienced true Christian fellowship before? What did that community look like?
  • When’s the last time you had trouble forgiving someone and why? (I John 1:7)
  • In what ways does God’s forgiveness change your relationship with him? (I John 1:6)
  • Why isn’t it possible to habitually sin and be in close relationship with God and others?
  • Why is forgiveness so important?
  • What attitudes and actions on our part are necessary for receiving God’s forgiveness?
  • What is the difference between sinning and “walking in darkness?”
  • Our culture is uncomfortable with the concept of sin. How does a denial of sin make it difficult to confess our need for forgiveness?
  • Forgiveness does not mean we will never sin again. How does John instruct us to deal with sin in our lives?
  • John seems to draw a distinction between sins and living in a perpetual state of sin. How does the second form separate us from God?
  • John offers a rather simple solution to dealing with sin. What are the ways we must put effort into dealing with sin in our lives?

1 John 2:1-2

  • What are some character changes you have seen in others’ lives when they repent and gain fellowship with Christ?
  • What drastic changes were present in your life when you accepted Christ’s call to follow him?
  • In what ways have you seen character changes in yourself when you reestablish fellowship with God through repentance?
  • What areas of life have you developed “power over sin” because of character changes? Are their things you used to struggle with that your fellowship with God helped to eliminate?
  • Can you remember a time when you doubted forgiveness and hung on to guilt from sin? Are you doing that now?
  • How can you keep from being burdened with sin after you have been forgiven? What is it that keeps it around: others accusing you of it or your conscience accusing you?
  • Are there some steps you can take to help the Holy Spirit free you of the sins of the past?
  • Can you think of some people in your life that you need to forgive, just as God has forgiven? Who are they?
  • What is a specific area in your life where you have seen Jesus bring transformational change?
  • As Christians, what actions can we take to resist and overcome sin?
  • Has there been a time you didn’t “feel” forgiven? What do you think was the root of it?
  • How should Christ’s forgiveness of our sins motivate us to forgive others?
  • Why do Christians have the power to overcome sin? (I John 2:1)
  • Why might you still feel guilty even though you know God has forgiven you? (I John 2:2)
  • How do the character qualities of God that we have examined so far (Holy, Loving, Just) make forgiveness necessary and possible?
  • How did God reveal His holy, loving, and just nature with the gift of His Son?
  • Is a sinless existence possible? What is possible?
  • Jesus isn’t a reluctant supporter but our “advocate” before the Father. How does that image reshape your view of him?
  • God isn’t just our judge but through Jesus He’s our defense attorney as well. How does that image reshape your view of Him?
  • Jesus takes the punishment for our sin. How can that truth inspire you to resist sin?


  1. Jean Alexander says:

    Thanks for all the extra helps you provide for teachers. I really appreciate it and helps me in leading in a class of ladies. (60 to 80 age group).
    Jean Alexander

  2. I love having these additional questions available. It’s a very useful tool to me as the teacher and I feel it helps to add something to get the class thinking and talking! Plus, I like asking them questions they haven’t already thought of or read in their book. I think it’s important for the teacher to bring some additional insight to the lesson and these questions help me to do that! Thanks for all of the additional resources!

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