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.
- Have index cards and pens available for each person (See Closure)
- 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)
Begin by asking:
- Try to keep politics out of this, but if you could ask a famous person one question for which they would give you an honest answer, what would you ask and why?
- What do you not know about our world that most interests you and why?
- What would you like to know about a person who you otherwise know to some extent?
- What kinds of things would you not want anyone to know about you and why?
- What do you wish people knew about you and why?
Content (From the Mind Session Page)
Read Psalm 139:1-12, 23-24, then watch the Bible Background Video and tell the group:
- What is the Psalmist saying about God’s knowledge in verses 1-4?
- Beyond just knowledge, what is the Psalmist implying about God’s attitude toward him?
- Why is it important to this passage that God not only knows the Psalmist’s movements, but that God knows what goes on in the Psalmist’s heart and head?
- What does the Psalmist say about God’s presence in verse 5-12?
- Imagine the Psalmist did not want to be transparent with God – imagine, for instance, that Jonah is writing this Psalm. How might that change the tone of these words?
- What effect does God’s presence have in verses 10-12?
- The Psalmist’s trust for God is so deep that he asks God to examine him thoroughly and find his faults. Why is this kind of intimacy sometimes painful – and why is it so important?
Closure (from the Youth Session page)
Give each person an index card and ask each of them to write one thing about them that no one else in the room knows. Collect the cards and read them aloud, pausing after each one to guess who the card is about, then ask:
- In what ways does your impression of someone change the more you know about them?
- Do you tend to like people more or like people less when you find out more about them and why?
- How do you know if someone truly likes you?
- How do you know that God truly loves you?
- Why do we try to hide from God even though God already knows everything about us?
- Since God knows us, what good can come from us being open and honest toward God, and how does someone do that?
Close this session in prayer.