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:
- To what degree do you think the world is fair and why?
- What large-scale injustices most concern you and why?
- Whose job do you think it is to address the things you see as unjust and why?
- How should the faith community respond to injustice in the world and why?
Content (From the Media Session Page)
Read Micah 3:1-12 and watch the Bible Background Video.
Ask questions like:
- How do you think people reacted to the things Micah said in this passage?
- Why do you think the language in this text is so vivid and violent?
- What does Micah think of the other prophets?
- How do you feel about the judgment over the land and the prophets?
- What does it mean to “declare war against those who put nothing into their mouths,” and how does that apply today?
- Why do you think the prophets felt confident that they were serving God in spite of Micah’s claims to the contrary?
- When do we act like the prophets to whom Micah was speaking in our present-day Christian communities?
Closure (From the Current Session Page)
Listen together to the song Pretty Little Lies (Try not to show the title to the group, since it would change the context of how they hear it.) and ask:
- In what ways does hearing this song affect you and why?
- Why do you think people tend to reward those who tell what the singer refers to as “pretty little lies”?
- What are some of the “pretty little lies” that our society wants to believe and why?
- Bearing in mind Micah’s warning’s about false, but sweet, words, as well as Jesus’ statement on this issue in Matthew 23, why do religious leaders seem to constantly drift back to this sort of behavior?
- While much can be said about the social costs of misleading people while taking advantage of them, what are the personal costs?
- What can, or should, we do to help those who have been harmed by the kinds of things Micah is talking about?
Close with a prayer.