Dark Materials Week 2 – Discussion Guide


Getting Started

Main Idea: Why do we protect our heads so much, but our minds so little?

Introduction:

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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?


Encounter God

Primary Scriptures: ‭Ephesians 6:12, 17, John 10:10, Romans 8:13, 37-39‬‬
Discussion Questions:

  1. 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.
  2. 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.
  3. 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.
  4. 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.


Embrace Others

Break into groups of two or three and discuss how even though the enemy cannot steal our victory, he can rob our realization of the victory. Pray together for God’s protection against dark materials bruising your mindset.


Engage the World Around Us

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.


Expand God’s Kingdom

We all encounter people from all walks of life every day, but do we even notice them? This week pray that God will give you an opportunity and boldness to reach out to someone that seems to be struggling with realizing the victory God has already given us. Invite them to Faith Promise!


Leader’s Notes

ALL groups at Faith Promise should follow Jesus Christ and lead others to do the same. Below are the marks of a growing follower and disciple of Jesus.

– A follower of Jesus desires to encounter God through the deeper study and application of God’s Word.

– A follower of Jesus embraces people and values relationships on a deeper level so everyone can grow together.

– A follower of Jesus engages and serves the world around them and in their community, through local partners or God-directed opportunities.

– A follower of Jesus expands God’s Kingdom through development and multiplication of disciple-makers, possibly to lead more groups at Faith Promise.

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