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:

  • We all know that there are very few “do-overs” in life, but if you were given one from your childhood, what would you choose and why?
  • What has your past taught you that could help others now?
  • What are some other things from your past that you wish you could do over or make right and how might things be different if you did?
  • At what points do you get the sense that God has been working with you in the past, even though you didn’t see it at the time?
  • In what ways might such things affect the way you see your life in the present?

Content (From the Current Session Page)

Read Genesis 45:1-15 and Matthew 15:21-28, then watch the Bible Background Video.

Ask questions like:

  • What most stands out to you in each of these stories and why?
  • Both Joseph and the woman are loud. Joseph weeps loudly, the woman shouts to Jesus. What does their loudness suggest to you?
  • At what points do these two characters show a disregard for conventional thought?
  • What could we learn from Joseph weeping out loud?
  • What could we learn from the Woman crying out in a loud voice?
  • What risks did Joseph and the Woman face?
  • What do you see about the kingdom of God in such audacious acts?

Closure (from the Media Session page)

Share together the Looney Tunes Feed the Kitty and continue by asking:

  • What are your impressions of this classic cartoon and why?
  • Who are some people you might encounter in everyday life that intimidate you and why?
  • At what point do you think your presence might be intimidating to someone else?
  • In what social situations are we supposed to be silent, even if someone is doing something that might be abusive in some way?
  • What is the best way to remain true to the best of what God made us while confronting such situations?
  • What can we do to help others stand up for themselves?

Share the “Stand Up, Stand Strong…” video  (stop at 2:52).

Close in prayer.

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