Before 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:

  • What things do Jesus’ followers count on to keep them “safe” on the “Day of the Lord” and why?
  • What things do you think might surprise them on that day?
  • Based on your understanding, what things will make a difference on that day – what thoughts, beliefs, words, and actions?

 

Content (From the Media Session Page)

Read Matthew 25:31-46, then watch the Bible Background Video.

Ask questions like:

  • Does this passage sound like a parable, a prophecy, or both?
  • If you raised goats, how would this text make you feel?
  • What is the basis used by Jesus to enable one to be accepted versus rejected?
  • How comfortable does this texts make you feel since it sounds by itself like works are very important for justification?
  • How are we called to be people of grace?
  • How powerful is the image of people being surprised that they served Jesus?
  • Who were the “least of these” when this passage was written and who might they be now?

 

Closure (From the Current Session Page)

Together watch the video “The Least of These”. Then ask questions like these:

  • How did you feel watching this video? Can you explain your reaction?
  • This video is promoting a ministry to feed the hungry. In it, we see a family living in poverty and hunger. When you see them, is it easy to see Jesus? (When you have done it to the least of these you have done it to me)
  • The people in the video live far away, but there are those who are hungry and poor and sick in our communities? What makes it hard for us to see them or to help them?
  • As a culture, why do we need to be compelled by Jesus’ words to care for the least of these?
  • Can someone be a “least of these” and have brought their situation upon themselves? Does that change Jesus’ command to care for them?

Close with a prayer for forgiveness where we have not seen Jesus in the least of these.

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