Thursday, May 08, 2008

Living with Questions Introduction

This group study is based on the book Living With Questions by Dale Fincher. It was used in the context of Sunday morning youth group. Feel free to use it how ever you want but I would recommend getting the book and reading it along with the lesson materials. It is a great book.

Living with Questions: Introduction

I. Introduction: Share about the moment in my life when I started to ask questions and began taking life seriously.

II. Living with Questions

A. Quote: “The unexamined life is not worth living.” – Socrates

B. Think about these things:
1. What is your story?
2. Where are you?
3. What matters most to you?
4. What is the ideal life look like for you?
5. What’s good about your life?
6. What do you want more than anything else in life?
7. What does it mean to be happy?
8. If you could change one habit in your life, what would it be?
9. What’s the one thing you cannot live without?
10. What has hurt you most in life?
11. When you are sad or lonely, what do you turn to?

C. Hunger
1. Physical hunger causes us to seek out food to satisfy the craving
2. Intellectual hunger causes us to seek out the deeper meanings of life

D. Doubt
1. Mark 9:24 – the tension between belief and unbelief
2. “Doubting is not immoral, nor is it wrong. It’s struggling to find out what is true. Living with questions is partly about doubt. It’s partly about taking steps on the quest toward finding that treasure of truth. . . . Doubt is what gives us the motivation to face our fears and see if we have the courage to venture into dark places.. Doubt is often a friend who says ‘everything is not okay, so let’s find a place that is.’ ” p. 20

III. Conclusion:

A. What are your two most pressing questions in life? The kind that, if they were answered, would make life a little easier? (Write them down and turn them in. Can be anonymous if you want.)

B. What questions in our study coming up looks most interesting to you?
1. Does what I think really matter?
2. What is truth?
3. Is God there?
4. Has God spoken?
5. Am I valuable enough?
6. Am I good enough?
7. What’s so great about heaven?

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