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)
- Paper, Pencils
Context (From the Media Session Page)
Ask the group
- What are the things you remember about the life of King David?
Continue by saying something like:
Do you remember when music cable channels used to have shows about music instead of mostly reality programming? Well, apparently a group of Christian remember those days also because they created a video about King David. Play the Behind the Music video and ask questions like:
- How do you feel about this video and the people who made it and why?
- In what ways did that video support or challenge your memories of David’s life?
- If you were to shoot such a video, what kinds of things would you include or be sure to delete in it and why?
- How do you think that a similar video, shot about your life, might look, and why?
Content (From the Current Session Page)
Read 2 Samuel 23:1-7, then watch the Bible Background Video.
Ask questions like these:
- What good and bad things do you know about Kind David, and how do you know them?
- Why would people view David as either a good or bad character?
- Knowing what you know about David, how do you feel about this passage where someone writes “last words” for David’s life?
- Understanding that the biblical narrative was written the way it was for a number of reasons, what do you think is the reason for this passage and why?
- In what ways does this passage reflect God’s relationship with David or with us?
Closure (from the Mind Session page)
Distribute paper and pencils and encourage group members to find some space to think and write about their own experiences. If available, play some soft music suitable for contemplation. Share these three questions for reflection, possibly posting them to remind group members of their tasks:
- My Story: List some big events from your life, describing them in a few words to remind you of what happened. Think of both positive and negative events, achievements and failures.
My Experience: What did you learn about God from these experiences? In what ways did God act in your life, or how did you learn to see God in a different way? What are some dark places in my own story, needing God’s redemption?
My Legacy: Not all of us will have the opportunity to write a spiritual summary of our lives, but we’re all passing our spiritual legacy on to someone. In what ways am I passing these lessons on to others, so that God can teach others through my experience?
Close with prayer, asking God to bless our stories – the good and the bad – so that we can bless others with the story of God’s work in our lives.