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- This Week’s Scripture
- The Theme for the Week
- Discussion and Reflection Questions
- Movie, Video and Book Suggestions
- Individual or Community Practices (ideas for prayer, service, or activism)
- Programming and Events
- And MORE!
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This week’s scripture:
Saturday, Nov. 14 & Sunday, Nov. 15: Rushing Kimball preaching
1 Corinthians 9:24-27
24 Do you not know that in a race the runners all compete, but only one receives the prize? Run in such a way that you may win it. 25 Athletes exercise self-control in all things; they do it to receive a perishable wreath, but we an imperishable one. 26 So I do not run aimlessly, nor do I box as though beating the air; 27 but I punish my body and enslave it, so that after proclaiming to others I myself should not be disqualified.
(for all ages!)
- Runners/athletes typically have cheat days, but in this case, can we?
- If Paul is talking about money, why do you think it is important to be self-controlled?
- What does it look like to be all things to all people? Are we defying self-control by being someone we’re not?
- We’re running the race, but why do we need to win?
- What does it mean to win the race?
- What race is worth running?
- What is this race that we are running?
- What is self-control?
- Are we running the race or is the race running us?
- Did you actually sign up for the race you’re running?
- What would you like to practice more?
- What does failure have to do with self-control? Trying again? Continuing the race?
(for all ages)
- The Four Agreements, Chapman
- https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=tTb3d5cjSFI The Secret to Self-Control (TedTalk)
- https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=j0YDE8_jsHk Cookie Monster Practices Self-Regulation
- When you’re angry and you know it
- Tom Hanks’ Mr. Rogers movie
- Billy Elliot
(i.e. prayer/service/activism) (for all ages)
- Remove the temptation
- Pause to reflect on your priorities and values. How do you feel about it? Are they aligned?
- Measure progress
- Set clear goals
- Build trust. Trust is the foundation of self-control