Dark Materials Week 2 – Discussion Guide
Main Idea: Why do we protect our heads so much, but our minds so little?
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Discussion Starter: Helmets and padding each serve a purpose: they protect us when worn properly. We have all seen humorous social media videos of people “forgetting” to use protective gear as they enter an adventure or competition. Many times, we laugh at the resulting misadventure. Share with the group about a time when you chose to ignore protective equipment such as a helmet or padding. Did the experience humble you?
Primary Scriptures: Ephesians 6:12, 17, John 10:10, Romans 8:13, 37-39
- Just as helmets provide protection from brain trauma while participating in recreational activities, the helmet of salvation protects us from mind injuries. A helmet is useless if it doesn’t fit properly or lacks adequate protection. If the enemy can keep us from realizing the victory we have already won through Christ, then our helmet has failed. Read Romans 8:31, 37-39. Discuss how we can find help in these verses to ensure our helmets are working properly.
- Read John 10:10. Do you need to find your helmet? Discuss the contrast between the thief seeking to steal and destroy and Jesus offering not only life, but life more abundantly.
- A helmet is worthless if we enter the game without wearing it. The only way helmets protect us is if we put them on our heads! When reading Ephesians 6:12 and 6:17 we see two vital keys to wearing a helmet: why we wear it and how we wear it properly. Take a few minutes to break this down.
- As Christ-followers we need to fill the space inside our helmets to gain extra padding. We can learn how to fill this space by reading Jeremiah 29:12-13. Take some time to reflect upon the fact that God not only hears our prayers, but He LISTENS too. Why does this make a difference?
Discovery Bible Method:
For deeper study, as an alternative to the questions above, read Ephesians 6: 12 and 17, John 10:10, or Romans 8:31, 37-39 and use the Discovery Bible Method to explore the passage.
Engaging at Faith Promise: Many spiritual battles are won or lost in our minds. FP provides many resources and opportunities to keep our minds protected with extra padding in our helmets. This week seek out a group member or other Promisor and ask them how you can pray for them. Invite them for coffee or a taco and encourage each other in the battle of protecting the mind. You can also join in community prayer Saturday, March 7 at your campus!
Engaging in Community and the World: Next time you attend a sports game, whether little league or UT football, use the opportunity to talk to others about the protective gear we use in sports and how we can also protect our minds.