#1 Watch or Listen To "We Are The Resistance (Part 1): Behind Enemy Lines"
Consider this Sunday morning’s lesson. You can listen here: http://bit.ly/1gCDfNL
Or watch here [video will be posted by Monday each week]: www.vimeo.com/rrcoc
What stuck out to you as interesting?
Did you encounter any challenging or re-orienting truth?
On Sunday we said the church is a resistance movement. What is resistance? Define it.
What do we, as children of God, resist?
Does anything in you bristle at the idea of being in "the resistance"? Do you feel excited about being a part of an oppositional force? Why or why not?
As we said on Sunday, Jesus told his apostles, "In this world you will have trouble."
- Does this describe your life at all? Is it hard to be a follower of God?
- If so, explain how.
- If not, why not? Why do you think Jesus said it would be hard if it isn't? Should it be?
It's so easy to get comfortable on this earth. To seek pleasure and safety and security and ease. What practical steps can we Christians take to remind ourselves that we're not here for those things? How do we stay on guard?
We said on Sunday that Christians need to put on the full armor of God. Let's read further and see what that armor looks like. Read Eph. 6:14-17.
Make a list of the pieces of armor and discuss them as a group.
- How do you put each one on practically speaking?
- How do we wield something like faith or righteousness as a weapon?
- Why are peace, truth, faith, righteousness, salvation and the Word of God effective in fighting the Evil one?
#3 Watch something Epic
To remind you of who you are, consider watching a movie. Any epic good versus evil movie will do. Here's a list of possibilities:
- Gladiator (R)
- The Chronicles of Narnia: Prince Caspian (PG)
- Any Lord of the Rings movie (PG-13)
- The Matrix (R)
Before you watch, ask your group members to be looking for a character with whom they, as resistance fighters, identify. Tell them to watch the movie using Sunday's sermon as a filter. After watching ask:
- In what way(s) is the life you're living as a child of God similar to the journey of the main character? In what ways should it be? In what ways do you feel like you're falling short of your resistance calling?
- In what ways is Satan like the villain? In this depiction, do you recognize the forces of evil you're called upon to fight in real life?
- Every "force of evil" speaks lies to its people. What lies did the villain tell in this movie? Are any of those lies familiar? What lies is the evil one whispering to you? Make a list of lies and then fight with truth like Jesus did in the wilderness by identifying what God's Word says and speaking it out loud in opposition.