Before 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 we read the Bible we often find a pull between God’s judgment and love. Which one do you think will win in the end and why?
  • Why do you think both are so prominently represented in the scriptures?
  • What do you think allows people to be so complacent in the face of such tension?

Content (From the Media Session Page)

Read Zephaniah 1:7, 12-18, then watch the Bible Background Video.

Ask questions like:

  • Why is there a need for silence with the Day of the Lord coming?
  • Why should the people have any hope based on Zephaniah’s shocking prophecies?
  • What about the Hebrew people and their faith causes the prophet to see a bad end?
  • What does the prophet using the image of God searching for the apathetic with lamps mean to us?
  • How does the violent image cause you to feel about the coming judgment for the Hebrew people?
  • What did you think of Nikki’s image of kids throwing balls in the house eventually turning our badly?

Closure (From the Current Session Page)

Share together the article about the Mall of America Closed on Thanksgiving and/or the briefer article on Businesses closed on Black Friday and being fined and continue by asking:

  • Why do you think it’s so noteworthy that businesses might take the Thanksgiving holiday so seriously?
  • Even though the article speculates on motivations and results for taking such stands on Thanksgiving and “Black Friday,” how do you think the average person feels about these decisions and why?
  • In what ways have we, or could we, take a position where we move past complacency toward the holidays and on to treating them as special?
  • How might our society be different if we refused to tolerate being complacent about God’s activity in our lives?
  • What first steps might we, corporately or individually, take to move out of complacency and move closer to God during the holidays and the rest of the year?

Close with a prayer.

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