Before the Session

Facilitator: In advance of the session

  • Review today’s scripture text and the session activities to help better facilitate the discussion.
  • Have the Bible Background Video ready to view.
  • Encourage your group to listen to the Faithelement podcast ahead of the next session (Share the link via email or social media).

 

Context (From the Mind Session Page)

Begin by asking:

  • Imagine that scientists announced that an asteroid was going to collide with Earth in a few months, and it could potentially have devastating, world-changing effects. In what ways would society change?
  • How might we start making choices differently?
  • What kinds of long-term plans might we change based on this reality?
  • In what ways might this affect the religious community?
  • How might it affect our faith and why?

 

Content (From the Current Session Page)

Read 1 Corinthians 7:29-31, and watch the Bible Background Video for this session.

Ask:

  • What do you think Paul means when he says that “the appointed time has grown short”?
  • When you read the entire chapter, it seems like Paul is fixated on marriage. Why do you think he chose to focus on that topic and in what way does it relate to the message from this focal passage?
  • Many people would point to Paul’s assertion that the world is passing away as a message that it was the end of time. Others might interpret this as meaning that their former way of viewing the world is obsolete. How might either interpretation affect the way someone understands this scripture?
  • What does it mean to live “as if” the world as you know it is gone even when it still remains?
  • In what ways might Paul’s words have affected the community that originally heard them, and how might that compare to the way we hear them now?

 

Closure (From the Media Session Page)

Play the “Before Civilization” movie clip and/or the “We Don’t Own the World” movie clip and ask:

  • How do we relate to the idea that “this world is passing away” and what should that do to our everyday actions?
  • What illusions about life do you have that might limit your faith activity?
  • At what points does a personal desire for control of everyday life limit someone’s faith journey?
  • Why do you think so many world religions talk about “detachment” as an important spiritual goal?
  • Assuming that our attachment to things in the present prevents us from moving forward in faith, how do we strike a balance between appreciating God’s creation and letting go of things for which the time has passed?
  • In what ways can our knowledge that the present is passing away help us reach people who are struggling to find their faith?

Close in prayer.

 

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