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 Media Session Page)
Start by asking:
- What images come to mind when you hear someone talk about praising God and why?
- What most draws you into an experience of worship and why?
Share one or both of these videos from The Fighting Temptations:
Continue by asking:
- What most stood out to you about you just watched and why?
- While you’re obviously not going to have all of the people you just watched leading worship at your church anytime soon, how do you feel about the idea of worship that they demonstrated?
- In what ways might regularly experiencing such expressive worship affect your overall faith experience and why?
Content (From the Mind Session Page)
Read Psalm 145, then watch the Bible Background Video.
Then ask questions like these:
- What acts and characteristics of God does the Psalmist celebrate?
- Verses 1 and 2 speak of praise not only as a response to what God has done, but as a commitment. The Psalmist doesn’t say, “if things keep going well, I will praise you,” simply, “I will praise your name for ever and ever.” Why does praise need to be a commitment, as opposed to just a response?
- Verse 4 speaks of one generation passing on their knowledge of God to the next. In today’s world, where the written account of God’s works are literally at our fingertips, why is this kind of “spiritual inheritance” still necessary?
- Though we’re not sure when the Psalm was written, the Psalmist likely lived in a world filled with wars, dangers and enemies who wished to destroy God’s people, so why is there declaration of God’s goodness “to all?”
- Understanding that the term “kingdom of God” was not well developed at the time this psalm was written, what do you think is meant by that term?
- In what ways might the kind of kingdom of God envisioned by the psalmist inform or challenge our views of such a kingdom today?
- In what ways does God care for those who are marginalized or oppressed?
Closure (from the Youth Session page)
Give each person a piece of paper and pen, and invite everyone in the group to write their own psalm of praise by writing a line starting with each letter of the alphabet. When the group’s work winds down, call time and invite volunteers to share what they wrote and why.
Close this session in prayer