Before the Session

Facilitator: In advance of the session

  • Review today’s scripture text and the session activities to help better facilitate the discussion.
  • Have the Bible Background Video ready to view.
  • 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 you’re going to a meeting of some sort – with a potential employer, a difficult family member, or with a close friend – what do you do to get ready?
  • How might you prepare differently, physically and emotionally, for each kind of meeting?
  • What are some of the biggest obstacles to being fully prepared that you typically encounter?
  • When you prepare to come to a time of worship, a time of personal prayer or some other intimate meeting with God, to what degree do you prepare and in what ways might it differ, depending on the circumstances?

Content (From the Media Session Page)

Read Leviticus 19:1-2, 15-18, then watch the Bible Background Video.

Ask questions like:

  • What did you know about the “Holiness Code” before today?
  • How important do you think being holy, or set apart, is today?
  • How does our modern idea of holiness differ from the Old Testament version?
  • How important is it to treat the poor and disadvantaged fairly and with care and how does that relate to holiness?
  • What do you think of Nikki’s image of washing away the day?
  • In what ways can setting aside time for special activities be a good way to wash away the day?
  • Why do you think words like “grudge,” “revenge,” and “hate” are set as obstacles to holiness?
  • How does holiness lead to love?

Closure (From the Current Session Page)

Share the video where John Oliver interviews the Dalia Lama (stop at 18:44) followed by the brief video where John Oliver talks about the Dalai Lama interview, and remind the group:

Regardless of how you feel about his religion, The Dalai Lama is one of two people in the world to hold the title of “His Holiness”, with the Pope being the other. He is also one of the most admired people in America, even though he does not live here. Accordingly, an interview with him is noteworthy in its own right.

Ask:

  • How did you feel about this interview and why?
  • What did you see or hear in this interview and follow-up that might explain why the Dalai could be referred to as “holy” by millions of people?
  • What kinds of things do you expect someone who is thought to be “holy” to do, or avoid doing, and why?
  • In what way might maintaining a sense of personal holiness be difficult?
  • How would you describe the kind of “holiness” your personal faith requires of you?
  • What kinds of things can you do in order to be better at being “holy” in those ways?
  • What can we do to be more holy in a way that helps redeem other people, instead of setting ourselves apart from them?

Close with a prayer.

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