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:
- When have you or someone you know experienced an unexpected call from God?
- How did you know it was happening?
- How did you respond at first?
- What came of the incident?
Content (From the Current Session Page)
Read Exodus 3:1-15, then watch the Bible Background Video.
Ask questions like these:
- Why do you think God chose a burning bush to get Moses’ attention?
- Why did the narrators feel both a need to point out that the ground was holy, and that removing one’s footwear was the appropriate reaction to entering such a place?
- The scripture tells us that God made an appearance in this way as a response to the cries of people who were oppressed. What do you know of this oppression and what do you think God is proposing to change?
- Given the context of the conversation Moses and God were having, why do you think Moses seemed so reluctant?
- How do you feel about the notion that God is a God who is always growing with us, as Nikki seems to suggest, and why?
Closure (from the Media Session page)
Share the “The Bible: Jim Wallis’ Comments on the Burning Bush” video (Stop at 3:52) and ask:
- What do you think of this retelling of the story and why?
- What are – to you – some ways in which people are being oppressed today?
- In what ways have those forms of oppression gotten your attention?
- What do you think God is doing to get our attention these days?
- In what ways might the knowledge that God is with you affect your response to other people’s suffering?
- How can our faith empower us to be God’s instruments in addressing those things that God wants to change?
Close the session in prayer.