EXTRA! Concepts for Adults – Sacred Vocabulary – Session 4

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Date: March 22, 2020


The point: we can be confident in what God says and does.

Go to the study

Use the following to introduce today's topic.

Last week the season finale of the Kids Baking Challenge took place in the Food Network and a champion was crowned. This is a show where children compete against each other to create incredible baked creations. From tiered cakes to French macaroons to everything in between, mix, bake and decorate these kids to win a title and a lot of money. While children have a fascination for such creations, the process of baking itself is also very fascinating. By mixing the right ingredients in the right amounts in a certain order and then leaving the dough in an oven at a set temperature for a precise period of time, someone can make sticky brownies or delicious cakes. Not only is it noteworthy that kids bake, but the art of baking itself is pretty amazing.

Ask: "When did or did you see that the baking failed?" The art of baking involves a level of belief. Yes, a recipe usually has to be followed, but even that doesn't guarantee success. Ask: "In what other areas is trust required to achieve a particular result?"

Dr. Beth Masters She is currently working as a hospital chaplain, where she deals with families, patients and hospital staff at critical moments in life. She has a Ph.D. in Christian education at the New Orleans Baptist Theological Seminary, where she teaches the Collegiate Ministry. Beth loves young adults, baking and coffee.

Join the study (additional option)

Show a video clip of something like an invisible atom, but we believe in its existence. Then ask question 1.

This idea supports the lesson plan in the Adult Leader Guide.

Join the study (additional option)

Use this optional activity after pointing out “The Point”. Find pictures of the following: a small plane, a car, a chair, a person. Glue each picture to the front wall. After each picture is taken, examine the group to determine (on a scale of 1 to 10) how much trust members have in each element. (Would you be driving a plane or car, sitting in the chair, or sharing a secret with the person?) Write your answers on a poster or whiteboard next to each picture. Finally, ask rhetorically: "How much trust do we put in God?" Say: "Today we will discuss this important topic."

This idea supports the lesson plan in the Adult Leader Guide.

Live it out

Use the following to introduce the Live It Out section.

Optional: Bring a jar of jif peanut butter with you and display a picture of the gif peanut butter jar from the following article.

Jif peanut butter producers have revived the debate about the correct pronunciation of "GIF". Regardless of whether you use GIFs, you've probably seen them on social media. The "Graphics Interchange Format" is a file format that normally uses a short, repetitive video or animation for the comic effect. However, there is little agreement on the correct pronunciation. Is it a hard "g" like "gift" or a soft "g" like "giraffe"? Jif peanut butter advocates the harsh "g" pronunciation by launching a special edition of peanut butter called "Gif" that highlights the different pronunciations of "Jif" and "GIF". However, the creator of the GIF stressed the debate back in 2013 and declared the correct pronunciation as a soft "g". Nevertheless, discussions continue and the harsh “g” pronunciation of “graphics”, the first word in the acronym, is often used as evidence against the creator's own words.

While people may not be willing to accept the creator of the GIF pronunciation word, we can certainly accept our creator's word as final authority. God, the creator of the world, is perfect. He doesn't make mistakes. It doesn't change. We can confidently trust what God says and does.

Guide group members to the Live It Out instructions. Say, "How are you going to live out your beliefs this week? Choose one of the following applications. "

Nikki Wilbanks grew up in Tennessee before going to California to study literature at Pepperdine University. After graduating, she had a ten-year career as an appraiser and investor in commercial real estate. After returning to Tennessee with her husband, she is now excited to be a mother, writer, and Bible teacher.

Live It Out (additional option)

Use the following optional activity when you begin the Live It Out section to end today's session.

Let your group know that it is much easier to trust God and live in faith if we remember His past faithfulness. Click here to read Zach Williams & # 39; song "Rescue Story" and write a link to your group members. Ask them to listen to this song next week and to worship God for what he did and what he will do.

This idea supports the lesson plan in the Daily Discipleship Guide (page 139).

Further questions


  • When were you asked to believe something based on very little evidence?
  • What you believed in as a child and what you later found out was wrong?
  • When were you happy about the reliability of someone or something?

Hebrews 11: 1-3

  • What are some things you hope for?
  • How has God proven to be faithful in your life?
  • How do those outside of belief define belief?

Hebrews 11: 4

  • Whose faith and worship really inspires you?
  • When did faith fuel your worship or offering?
  • When did God's movement in your life lead to spontaneous worship on your part?

Hebrews 11: 5-6

  • What is the relationship between belief and pleasure in God?
  • How can our group help each other to grow in faith?
  • What steps can we take personally to strengthen our belief in God?

Member extra

Send the following link to your group members either as a teaser before the group meets or as a follow-up thought:

What does belief look like?


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