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 Mind Session Page)
Begin by asking:
- What do you think people typically mean when they say someone is “blessed?”
- What does it mean to “bless” someone, or to ask God to bless someone or something?
- How do you think our concept of what “blessing” means compares to that held by the people who lived in biblical times and why?
Content (From the Current Session Page)
Read Psalm 128, then watch the Bible Background Video and ask:
- What is the Psalmist’s idea of blessing?
- Who is blessed, and what does it mean to be blessed?
- Where ave you encountered this kind of theology – that the good or bad things that happen to us are directly related in some way to what we’ve done?
- Why might it be comforting or discomforting to believe this way?
- What is the Psalmist’s understanding of children and why were such things important in that time?
- How might this belief might have affected those who were physically unable to have children?
Have someone read aloud Matthew 5:1-12 and ask:
– How does Jesus turn our idea of what it means to be “blessed” on its head?
– How is it possible to be “blessed,” even in difficulty?
– Even though Jesus would challenge the Psalmist’s idea of blessing, what is the Psalmist expressing about his faith in God; his thankfulness for the things he has; and his commitment to follow God’s way?
Closure (from the Media Session page)
Play the Carvana ad video and continue by asking:
- Are our lives brilliant, lazy, or blessed and how can we tell the difference?
- How do we show that difference in the current world?
- How should we describe being blessed in the 21st century?
- Where are some areas where we can get a lot less lazy and do a lot more to bless others?
Close in prayer.