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)
Start by asking:
- Who do you know whose Christians beliefs are different than yours in some way – whether in some particular doctrine, or in particular behaviors?
- What are those discussions like? What kinds of words and emotions are sometimes evoked?
- Why do you think it’s harder for us to come to peace with someone like this over small differences in Christian belief, than with someone who has larger differences (for instance, someone of a completely different faith)?
- What belief or behavior do you tend to hold with, but have doubts about?
Content (From the Media Session Page)
Read 1 Corinthians 8:1-13, then watch the Bible Background Video.
Ask questions like:
- What kinds of special knowledge do you think you possess?
- At what points does knowledge sometimes cause us to become prideful and miss opportunities to love?
- Why do you think that the Corinthian church struggled with talk about meat offered to idols?
- What kinds of things make you uncomfortable while other followers of Jesus you respect do not find them uncomfortable and how do you handle that?
- How do you think your fellow followers of Jesus should handle that?
- How can we balance our care for those who may be weaker than us in certain areas of faith and knowledge with the knowledge that there are people who use that care as a tool to demean or control us?
Closure (From the Youth Session Page)
Share the “How to Irritate People” article and continue by asking:
- How accurate do you think this article is and why?
- What is the most irritating thing on this list and why?
- Which of these things have you done or have been done to you and how does being the perpetrator or victim feel?
- What are some things that you do that might have a bad effect on people who are working to build up their faith?
- When has someone used the idea that others are affected by your choices as a means of making you feel bad about being yourself?
- How can we balance our personal freedom and choices with the responsibility to be what others might need us to be?
Close with a prayer.