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:
- What does the word “peace” mean to you?
- What is the difference between real peace and an absence of conflict?
- What is necessary to create real peace and why?
Content (From the Current Session Page)
Read Psalm 85:1-2, 8-13, and watch the Bible Background Video.
- In what ways is this psalm a plea for peace?
- Why does the Psalmist feel the need to remind God of the past?
- In what ways is the peace this Psalmist seeks an individual responsibility versus a corporate one?
- How do you feel about Nikki’s assertion that we are called both to wait for peace and with peace?
- If the Advent season helps us understand this psalm through a lens that requires us to “live in ways that manifest peace and Shalom for all, even when it requires us to make choices that are hard,” what are we really being called to do?
Closure (From the Media Session Page)
Share the Kids for Peace video and ask:
- If we are the agents of God’s steadfast love, how can we handle the responsibility of helping show or bring peace to God’s creation?
- What might we do to insulate ourselves from people who might bring chaos and violence to the world?
- Think about all the superhero movies that have been out recently. Why do you think that our inner child is sometimes drawn to “superheroes” who might force peace on the unpeaceful?
- Since we are not superheroes, how can we be strong in waiting for God’s version of peace?
- What can we do to help others find the peace we fail to see on a regular basis in our world?
Close with a prayer.