Session 3: Resurrected
Suggested Week of Use: September 15, 2019
Core Passages: Ephesians 2:1-10
News Story Summary
Hurricane Dorian hit the Bahamas over the Labor Day weekend as a category 5 storm, before taking aim for the east coast. People on the east coast in the projected path of the hurricane were given the following advice: Before Dorian hits prepare to be cooped up from two days to a week with canned goods, snacks, water, and other supplies. Get cash because electronic payment methods may be impacted by the storm. After the storm carefully survey outside. Don’t expect stores and restaurants to be open in the immediate aftermath. When they reopen, be prepared to use your cash. If necessary, reach out to FEMA or other organizations for aid.
(For more on this story, search the Internet using the phrase “Hurricane Dorian eating before and after.”)
To supplement the Introduce idea under Focus Attention, share the news story summary after the group has listed before and after examples. Explain that Hurricane Dorian created difficult situations for many people, including disruption of the food chain. Ask: How might enduring a hurricane be thought of in terms of before and after? What positive things might come as a result of the hurricane? Emphasize that even difficult situations can be used by God to bring about good. Complete the step as written.
To supplement the Review idea under Summarize and Challenge, begin by reminding the group of the news summary. Emphasize that the advice given about the hurricane was not related to a need for transformation but to a need to survive. Ask: In what ways, does our transformation in Christ help us to survive? Complete the step as written.