Extended Discussion / Devotional Thoughts on Story of Redemption 2.4 - God's Grace to "Babel"?
The Story of Redemption Film Series has eight parts, with 4-5 videos in each part, each video being 5-6 minutes long. The series is designed to where this series can be gone through in eight weeks, with several videos being watched each week. However, each video can also serve as a stand alone devotional thought / discussion prompter. The questions below are for using the SOR 2.4 video (one of several videos in part 3 of this series) in this more extended fashion. CLICK HERE to begin watching the full series!
Using this Video as a Devotional Thought or in a (Seeker) Small Group
Questions to Ask
- So far in Genesis, God has only given two commands. The first was to not eat the fruit of the tree in the middle of the Garden of Eden. The second was for people to spread out over the earth and multiply. Instead, they decide to build a tower to heaven so that they will not spread out as God commanded. Why do they do this? What does this show us about the human condition?
- In building the Tower of Babel, people wanted to "make a name for themselves"--God is nowhere mentioned in their desires and plans. What problems can the desire for fame and acknowledgement lead in our lives?
- Throughout human history, various rulers have built towers for themselves. How do we do this today?
- What do you think of the story of the girl who urged her boyfriend to commit suicide so that she could have the attention of being the "grieving girlfriend" and her desire for fame? What do you think of the story of Olympic athlete Michael Phelps attempted suicide, and his discovery of "the purpose-driven life"?
- How could fear perhaps have affected people's desire to stay together and not spread out? How does this type of fear perhaps affect us today?
- God scatters the languages of the people so that they are no longer able to work together against him, and so that they will have to scatter out. Thus, God's will is ultimately accomplished, even though they are not following God. What lesson does this have for us?
- In each of these early stories in Genesis, we see that God keeps having to start over (with Seth because Cain gives Abel; with Noah because of the evil of the earth; and with the scattering of the people at the tower of Babel). People seem unwilling or unable to follow God. What does this show the need for? Looking ahead, how will Abraham's story in Genesis 12 start to break this cycle?
Using this Video Series to Reach Out to Seekers (on an Individual Level)
- Step 1: Pray for your seeker friend, and ask God to bless your conversations and relationship with them.
- Step 2: Send Out This Video Link Through Social Media / Email If sending through social media / email, send the link to this page out to a seeker friend with the following note: "Hi ________. I wanted to share this short video with you from a film series that I found. It seems to address some good questions about who God is and why we are here. I will follow-up with you in a day or two to see what you think, maybe grab some coffee and discuss a bit."
- Step 3: Reach out to Your Friend and seek to set up a time to get together socially to discuss.
- Step 4: Ask some of the above questions that come from the video when you get together.
- Step 5: Ask your seeker friend what you can be praying for for them
For Further Study - DOWNLOAD the .pdf of Part 3 in the Story of Redemption!
Discovery Bible Study - Make three columns on a piece of paper In column 1, write out the following verse. In column 2, write the verse in your own words. In column 3, write out how you will apply this verse this week.
"In his pride the wicked man does not seek him; in all his thoughts there is no room for God" (Proverbs 10:4).
What do you learn about God and people from the following passages?
Isaiah 2:12 ___________________________________________________________________
Romans 12:3 _______________________________________________________________________