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)
Share this page about differences between people and ask:
- Complete the phrase, “there are two kind of people in the world…”
- What do such categories suggest about what separates people?
- What are some differences that you have between the people closest to you; what are some that you can’t tolerate; and why?
- What does your approach to interpersonal differences suggest about you?
Content (From the Mind Session Page)
Read Romans 4:1-17, then watch the Bible Background Video.
Then ask questions like these:
- What is the difference, according to Paul, between getting a paycheck for our work, and being made right with God because of our trust (verses 4-5)?
- In what ways does Paul’s quotation (in verses 6-8) from Psalm 32 help make his point? Who is blessed – by whom, and why?
- Some people in Paul’s time believed that their obedience to the Law made them right with God. How does Paul counter this belief using Abraham’s story (verses 9-10, 13)?
- What did it mean, according to Paul to be circumcised and to keep God’s many commands (verses 11-12)?
- In what sense do we become “children” of Abraham (verses 16-17)?
- How does Paul describe God in verse 17, and how does this relate to Abraham’s story… and to ours?
Closure (from the Media Session page)
Continue by asking:
- In what way does today’s passage’s argue about how God cares for and loves all people and not just one group more?
- What might change if we truly saw everyone as equal to us in God’s perspective?
- How can we develop a faith like Abraham’s?
Play the Mama Maggie video and ask:
- How may more reflection and silence help us to see life as God sees it?
- What can you do this week to reflect on God’s grace in light of the fact that some things in life cannot be earned?
- What might a true grasp of this concept change about the way we relate to others?
Close in prayer.