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 the “Kaa- Trust in me” video and ask:
- What message do you think this video conveys and why?
- What are some things that you’re seeing in the media lately that this video might bring to mind and why?
- Who is a mentor or coach who you trust for direction?
- What is that person like and why do you trust them as a guide?
- How easy is it to put trust in the wrong guide, mentor, or leader and why does that happen?
Content (From the Mind Session Page)
Read Psalm 16, then watch the Bible Background Video and tell the group:
- In verse 1 the Psalmist says he has “taken refuge” in God. What might this mean, and what might it say about the circumstances in which the Psalmist is writing?
- Look through the psalm and list all the things the Psalmist says God does for him. What roles does God play in his life?
- Assuming that it is true that everything good we have, we have from God, why do we sometimes (often?) fail to recognize it?
- In what way does trust in God depend on recognizing that all good things come from God… and vise-versa?
- What examples has the Psalmist seen (verses 3-4) of those who have not placed their trust in God, and how does he respond?
- Despite the many good things he has experienced, how can the Psalmist place all his stability in God?
- Practically speaking, what things does the Psalmist say he does – and will do – to honor God and keep his security in the correct place?
Closure (from the Youth Session page)
Give everyone a piece of paper and a pen, encouraging them to write their schedule for the coming week in as much detail as they can. Beyond a daily schedule, invite the group to share some upcoming decisions or special events, When everyone is finished, invite volunteers to share their schedule, then ask:
- If someone were to look at your weekly schedule, what would they say is important to you? Why?
- Looking at your schedule, what would someone say you enjoy doing the most and why?
- What would someone say makes you feel safe and secure?
- According to your schedule, where would someone say you put your trust?
- What happens to us when we trust in other things instead of God?
- What would our schedules look like if we only found joy in God rather than in other things?
- In what ways does our level of trust in God affect our daily interactions with other people?
Close this session in prayer.