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 Atlantic article with the group, reminding them of this central quote:

“Hidden Figures, as its title suggests, is a movie that knows that humans’ capacity to remember our past is outmatched only by our capacity to forget.”

Ask the group to talk about the title of recent popular movie Hidden Figures. If they have seen the movie, without spoilers, perhaps they can talk about how this title was a good choice for the story that was portrayed. If they have not seen the movie, invite them to talk about what they suspect might be included in it. Continue by asking:

  • What do you think about the quote from the article, and why?
  • Why do you think people choose to forget our past?
  • How do people find it in themselves to acknowledge the sins of the past in order to avoid them in the present and future?

Content (From the Mind Session Page)

Read Ephesians 5:8-14, then watch the Bible Background Video and tell the group:

Though today’s focal passage is verses 8-14, let’s get some context to see what Paul’s been talking about.

Have someone read aloud verses 1-14 and ask:

  • Look at this passage in two sections – verses 1-7 and verses 8-14. What is Paul’s overall message?
  • In what ways does Paul’s approach to this subject in the first seven verses compare to that used in the second two?
  • How do believers know what the darkness is like, according to Paul in verse 8?
  • What is our relationship to the light, and how can we bring light to dark places?
  • What is the difference between having the light and being the light, and why would Paul make this distinction?
  • Paul is very clear in verses 1-7 about what kinds of things Christ followers should avoid. Why, in contrast, do we have to work to “find out what pleases the Lord” in verse 10?
  • Why do people doing evil things want to keep their deeds hidden in “darkness?”
  • In what ways might this be a guide to us as we seek to do things consistent with light?
  • What do you think it means to “expose” the deeds of darkness?

Closure (from the Media Session page)

Play the Mended music video and ask:

  • Why is it so hard for us to follow our own rules to do what we know we should do?
  • Why do we struggle with being good?
  • Why do we struggle to keep promises?
  • Why do followers of Jesus fall into our old ways?

Continue by playing the Mended story video and continue by asking:

  • How do you feel about the assertion that you may be a good person who may have been involved in bad things?
  • How can you remember this week that God sees you based on what God has done instead of what you have done?
  • In what ways can we reach others who need to hear this message?

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