Before the Session

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

Context

Share the song Mr. Simon and ask:

  • What most stands out about this classic song and why?
  • In what ways have you encountered people whose church experience is like “Mr. Simon’s?”
  • Where have you seen people whose experience is more like the other guy in the story?
  • To what degree do you think church is a place of “posturing” where we come to participate in or put on a show, versus a place where we come to address the fact that we are “broken” in some way?
  • How do we know when we are only “slightly wrinkled” versus “reborn?”

Content

Have someone read aloud Luke 18:9-14 then play the Bible Background Video and ask:

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