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 is a typical Christmas day like for you?
- What is the most unusual Christmas holiday experience you have ever had, and how did it turn out?
- What do you think pets wish for on the Christmas holiday?
Play the Sainbury Ad 2015 and ask:
- How do you think Mog felt about this Christmas day?
- Do you think Mog felt this was a good or bad Christmas day?
- How would you feel about a Christmas day like this and why?
Content (From the Mind Session Page)
Read Titus 3:4-7, then watch the Bible Background Video.
Then ask questions like these:
- In verses 1-2 the writer reminds the Christ followers to be good citizens – why is this kind of behavior important for Christian people?
- In what way does our outward behavior speak to our inward beliefs?
- How might our outward behavior negate the words we speak about God?
- To what degree do you think the writer’s description of our life before Christ, in verse 3, is an accurate depiction of human nature?
- In what ways might we have bent the tradition of Christmas gift-giving back into something very human-centered?
- Go through verses 4-7 carefully together and note the following: What things has God done for us? In what ways has this changed us?
- What do you think the writer initially meant by “when God’s kindness and love appeared” in verse 4?
Closure (from the Current Session page)
Show this Christmas commercial and ask:
- Why do you think people would claim this as the “best Christmas commercial?”
- What are some connections between what this grandfather did and what we claim in Jesus’s birth and the idea of Emmanuel?
- What do you think imagine Jesus would encounter in a “humanity for beginners” book?
- The gift of visiting his family and speaking their language took time, sacrifice, and financial commitment, but the man’s expression suggests that the sacrifice was worth it. What does this tell us about how love leads us to reshape our time, our location, or our sacrifices?
- What gifts have you received that demonstrate an investment like the one this man made for his family?
- The man learned and traveled so far in order to tell someone who he is. In what ways does this bring to mind these verses from Titus that describe who God is?
“I am. You are. He/she/it is.” This simple language lesson holds truth for us. How do you hear this English for beginners wording in light of what Titus 3:4-7 says about who God is?
End the session with a prayer of thanksgiving for God’s love that travels any distance.