Before the Session

Facilitator: In advance of 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 (from the Current Session Page)

As a group, take the “Which character are you” quiz. Some suggested quizzes:

Which Marvel character are you?
What Shakespeare Character are you?
What Simpsons character are you?
What fantasy/Sci-fi character are you?
What Disney character are you most like?

Ask questions like these:

  • What are some of the most common ways we use to identify and classify a person and why?
  • As these tests suggests, in what ways might you most often classify yourself and why?
  • In what ways do you think that others classify you and why?
  • In what ways do you think all this classifying and identifying people’s characteristics reflects our views of friendships?


Content (from the Youth Session Page)

Read James 3:13-4:10 and watch the Bible Background Video


Then ask questions like these:

  • In what ways do your actions show that you are or are not a wise person?
  • What does it say about someone if they continuously make bad decisions?
  • How does bitterness, envy, and selfishness affect your friendships and why?
  • When you get into disagreements, what role, if any, does God play in your thinking and why?
  • What do you think it means when scripture tells us not to be friends with the world?


Closure (from the Media Session Page)

Play the Dear Kitten video and ask:

  • If you had to choose between getting gaining wisdom from a cat or a dog, which would you choose and why?
  • Does your life make you feel more like a dog covered in a hot dog costume or a cranky cat who cannot stay on subject and why?
  • How can you tell when the advice someone else gives is really wise advice?
  • Is it because of a lack of knowledge or a lack of something else?
  • Most of the time, where do we find wisdom for our lives and why?
  • From whom do you think you might receive wisdom, even though the process would be uncomfortable and why?
  • How can we do more than see people in church, but have people see the church in us?

Close in prayer.

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