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)
Start by watching this video on donor fatigue, then ask questions like:
- It’s been over half a year now. How many of the causes that you helped – or wanted to help – over the holidays are you still helping and why?
- Why do you think that people are sometimes more inclined to help others at one time of year than another?
- What are some causes that interest you right now for which you do not have the time or resources to help?
- Outside of supporting charities, what are some things that we do, or wish we did, to help the people around us?
- How do people find the energy to help others when they have so much else going on in their lives?
Read Galatians 6:1-16 , then watch the Bible Background Video.
Ask questions like these:
- The early parts of this passage seem to say that we’re responsible for our own actions, yet encourage us to work to help others. Which of those two views comes closest to your thinking and why?
- In what ways can we reconcile this advice?
- Why do you think Paul wrote something as frivolous as “see what large letters I make when I am writing in my own hand!” in such a weighty letter?
- What does it really mean to “boast” about some aspect of faith, and how can one do so without it turning into a bad thing?
- How do we typically respond to Paul’s statement that “a new creation is everything” in the way we practice our faith?
Share this video on how we see ourselves, then ask questions like:
- What kinds of differences might exist between the person we show to the rest of the world and the person that we believe ourselves to be?
- Why do you think such differences exist?
- In an earlier video, Nikki reveals that “Paul is calling us all to stop relying on our own ability to “make a good showing,” “to do what we are supposed to do.” What kinds of things do we do, in general, in order to “make a good showing” and why?
- What is the difference between “boasting” about the things that we feel are signs of a strong faith and boasting about Christ?
- Knowing that people may form both positive and negative impressions of our faith from observing our actions, how can we live in a “faithful” way that inspires others but does not emphasize adherence to some form of religious rules?
Pray together to end the session, then close by sharing with them this reminder:
So if anyone is in Christ, there is a new creation: everything old has passed away; see, everything has become new! All this is from God, who reconciled us to himself through Christ, and has given us the ministry of reconciliation; that is, in Christ God was reconciling the world to himself, not counting their trespasses against them, and entrusting the message of reconciliation to us. – 2 Corinthians 5:17-19.
Writer: David Adams