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:
- What “signs” either formal or informal identify us as followers of Christ?
- To what degree is it possible to have a relationship with God without displaying outward signs?
- In what kinds of actions should or shouldn’t someone participate in order to be considered a “Christian” in our society?
- Why are these actions important, and how might our faith appear to non-Christians if it didn’t display any outward signs?
Content (From the Media Session Page)
Read Genesis 17-1-16, then watch the Bible Background Video.
Continue by asking questions like:
- Given his life to that point, how does it make you feel to know that Abraham was 99 years old and still childless?
- What events had occurred before this text that might impact Abram’s ability to have an heir?
- How does Abram react to God’s speaking to him and why?
- What is the nature of the covenant that God and Abraham make here?
- Why does this passage contain all this discussion about circumcision?
- Why do you think God is putting this much time and effort into developing a relationship with humanity?
- What is the significance of the name changes for Abram and Sarai?
Closure (From the Current Session Page)
Share article “EU Bishops decry Iceland circumcision bill attacking religions freedom” and continue by asking:
- What most stands out to you from this article and why?
- In what ways is “the covenant” still relevant today to us as Christians?
- When we think about our covenant with God, what are the terms ans what is our role?
- Given that circumstances have changed, by what means can we fulfill the covenant God has made with us?
- Since, in our context, covenants are seen as legally binding agreements where both sides are responsible for performing certain actions, how do we share our faith with people who believe that God or God’s followers have not lived up to their side of the deal?
- How might we talk about “covenant” to people who might have no sense of connection with God?
Close with a prayer.