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.
  • Have available a whiteboard or butcher paper with markers (See Closure).
  • 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:

  • When and why might you choose not to exercise a particular right you may have?
  • When have you or someone you know done this and why?
  • At what point might we need to give up (or at least be willing to give up) some of our “rights” to build and maintain a relationship?

 

Content (From the Media Session Page)

Read 1 Corinthians 9:16-23, then watch the Bible Background Video.

Ask questions like:

  • How did Paul feel about himself not preaching the Gospel?
  • In what ways do individual rights and freedom figure into Paul’s thoughts about proper preaching?
  • What example is Paul trying to set here and why?
  • Why does Paul chose not to accept monetary reward for his preaching even though he had the right to receive income?
  • For Paul, being like a Jew would be easy, so how would we apply that idea today?
  • What does becoming “all things to all people” mean in our modern context?
  • How did Paul earn the trust needed to assimilate into each context in order to share the Gospel?

 

Closure (From the Youth Session Page)

Brainstorm a list of groups in our society that may have sharp disagreements, such as:

  • Political parties
  • People on various sides of the abortion debate
  • Immigration opponents
  • Overzealous Star Wars or Star Trek fans
  • People who are insecure about their Apple or Android phones
  • People who are heavily into rival sports teams
  • Left or Right Twix

List these groups on a dry erase board or butcher paper as your group identifies them. After you run out of ideas, ask:

  • With which of these groups do you have the strongest affinities, and what would it take to get you to find common ground with someone from the opposition?
  • How do you think individuals in these groups would respond if they were convicted by God to be like the other side for the sake of the Gospel and why?
  • Why do they treat their disagreements as being so important?
  • What would happen if both sides of these groups truly tried to understand each other rather than insult each other?
  • How can we have an attitude like Paul when it comes to those who are different from us?

Close with a prayer.

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