Don't Forget

Be transformed, not just informed, by God's Word.

Materials:

Paper, pencils or pens

Activity:

Tell group members to take off their watch and place it in their pocket. If they don't have a watch, ask them to put away their phone where they can't see it. Then instruct them to draw their watch or phone in as much detail as possible without looking at it. After a few minutes, have group members compare their drawing with their watch or phone.

Estimates say that we look at our watches 50 to 100 times per day, yet most people can't draw it with good detail. Read James 1:22-24 aloud: "Do not merely listen to the word, and so deceive yourselves. Do what it says. Anyone who listens to the word but does not do what it says is like someone who looks at his face in a mirror and, after looking at himself, goes away and immediately forgets what he looks like."

Debrief:

  1. It's too easy to look into God's Word and instantly forget it or set it aside. This results in people who are informed but not transformed. What can we do while reading the Word to ensure that we won't quickly forget what it says? What have you done that works?
  2. Taking a regular inventory of our spiritual lives can help us see if we're being transformed. Do you believe you're more or less judgmental than you were a year ago? Are you more or less approachable? Are you more or less energized in your spiritual walk?
  3. Taking a regular inventory of our spiritual lives can help us see if we're being transformed. Do you believe you're more or less judgmental than you were a year ago? Are you more or less approachable? Are you more or less energized in your spiritual walk?
  4. What can we do when we've lost our energy to pursue God's Word? What have you done when you've lost interest?

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