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)

Begin by asking something like:

  • What do you think are some of the more important names and terms that have emerged in the news over the past few weeks and why?
  • What is powerful about saying such names?
  • As we think about people who have become widely known for the tragedies that they suffered, such as #AltonSterling, #TreyyvonMartin, or #PhilandoCastile, to what degree to we think of them as persons, rather than a subject of debate and why?
  • In tragedies, what is the value of naming a person?
  • What is the value of claiming the particularities of a person?
  • When have you experienced spiritual insights while using someone’s name in personal prayer or in worship?

Content (From the Mind Session Page)

Read Hosea 1:1-10, then watch the Bible Background Video.

And ask questions like these:

  • What is the significance of sharing so many names in this passage?
  • What do you envision when you think of the relationship between Hosea and Gomer, given that they were married at least long enough to have three children?
  • In what ways might this passage present problems to some people?
  • What promise was given in this passage, and in what way might this apply to us as well?
  • What do you think this passage teaches us about the various actors involved in it – including God – and why?

Closure (from the Media Session page)

Play “Good or God?” (you can stop at 2:05 mark) and ask:

  • What do you think of the quality of that relationship and why?
  • What do you think makes people enter relationships with people like that?
  • How do you think the people in that video feel?
  • What would it take for the man to take the woman back?
  • In what ways might this video reflect our faith relationships?
  • In what ways might it reflect our society?
  • What might we do to help set such relationships right?

Close in prayer.

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