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 any selected video or music clips ready to show
  • Encourage your group to listen to the Faithelement podcast ahead of the next session (Share the link via email or social media)


Ask some opening questions like:

  • What is your favorite place to get a burger? Do you prefer burger or burritos places?
  • What is it about your favorite place that makes you go there?

After some discussion, play the Fast Casual video.


Ask follow-up questions like:

  • Did you know McDonald’s was losing sales compared to other places?
  • Why do you think people are willing to pay double for fast casual food? Play Japan McD’s Scandals video (if time).


ASK (if time):

  • Do you want some fast food now?
  • Do you think a scroll would taste better than some of the fast food shown in the video? ### Examination Have someone read aloud Ezekiel 2:1-8 then ask some discussion questions like:
  • What is unique about Ezekiel’s call? Why is Ezekiel called son of man? – Why does Jesus use this title sometimes in the Gospels? – How hard is it to tell people the “good news” of Jesus when they will not listen? Have someone else read aloud Ezekiel 2:8-3:11 then play Bible Background Video.


  • What is the significance of a scroll in Old Testament times?
  • Aren’t you glad for Ezekiel that the scroll tasted good?
  • Do you think it carries any long-term meaning that the son of man ate something strange that tasted like honey (think John the Baptist and Jesus)?


Hard Head

Continue the conversation with questions like these:

  • What do you think it means that God made Ezekiel strong and hard headed?
  • What would it be like to be tough but living in a world in which no one listened to you? Play Thing Saves video (you can stop it at about the 2 minute mark for teaching purposes).

– If Ezekiel felt anything like the Thing then how hard must his ministry have been?

  • Do we find ourselves looking for strength to face a sometimes difficult culture in Jesus name?

  • How easy is it for us to hide on a bridge and pondering giving up like the Thing?

  • How can we keep from giving up in the face of life’s difficulties even if God has called us to a tough place and/or time?



Close this session with a prayer asking God to give us the strength to be faithful followers, even when the task seems difficult or futile.

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