Session 1: Compelled
Suggested Week of Use: March 1, 2020
Core Passage: Romans 1:1-7, 13-17
News Story Summary
In the middle of a snowstorm, the Kansas City Chiefs and their fans gathered on February 5 to celebrate their Super Bowl championship. The crowd screamed, danced, waved pennants, and even climbed trees to see their beloved team from a better viewpoint. Red and gold confetti mixed with the snowflakes. The Chiefs and their fans had waiting 50 years for this day since the Chiefs had won their first Super Bowl in 1970. Also noteworthy was Patrick Mahomes becoming the youngest player to be named the Most Valuable Player of a Super Bowl and age 24, and Coach Andy Reid winning his first Super Bowl even though he has been an NFL coach several years.
(For more on these stories, search the Internet using the term “Kansas City’s Super Bowl Parade.”)
To supplement the Introduce idea under Focus Attention, to challenge the group to consider a rare or once-in-a-lifetime event, remind them of the recent Super Bowl victory by the Kansas City Chiefs. Lead the group to share the significance of winning that game to players and fans. Ask: If you were a player on the team, who would you have wanted to tell about the experience? Complete the step as written.
Summarize and Challenge To supplement the Summarize and Challenge ideas, begin by reminding the group of the Chiefs fans’ reactions to their team winning the Super Bowl and how the win has been a topic of conversation for them. Point out that some events which dominate our conversations really don’t matter much in the greater scheme of things. Ask: As Christians, what is the major milestone of our lives? Why should that compel us to tell others about Jesus even if our salvation wasn’t as dramatic as Paul’s on the Damascus road? Complete the step as written, reviewing the bulleted summary statements as describe