We pickup in the Hunger Games story where the last movie stops. Katniss finds herself in District 13 after bringing an end to the Quarter Quell at the conclusion of Catching Fire, Katniss learns that her mother and sister are safe, although the rest of their home district has been destroyed. Katniss struggles to find her identity and is reeling after her rescue from the previous Hunger Games. Throughout this first part of the movie she is trying to reconnect to our identity with District 12 (her previous home), Peeta (who was to be saved) and her new role as the Mockingjay. Identity, who we are and how we are defined by others, is our focus for this first study. (If you are following along at home stop the moving after Effie says, "We will make you the best dressed rebel in history."
1. How would you describe yourself in one word?
2. Where do you find your identity? How is your identity established? (i.e.- School, sports, music groups, friends, community events, home, church)
3. Do you think we change our identities based on where we are or who we are hanging out with? Why or why not?
4. Do you see yourself differently than others see you? Why or why not?
5. What makes someone who they are? Are we only defined by physical traits, actions or skills? Or is there something deeper to our identity?
We hope you'll come back next week for our next set of questions on Identity!
BOTTOM LINE: If you want to connect with God, be in community with people.
What is risky about living in community?
How do you typically respond to tension in a relationship?
Genesis 2:18 New Living Translation
18 Then the Lord God said, “It is not good for the man to be alone. I will make a helper who is just right for him.”
Matthew 22:37-40 New Living Translation
37 Jesus replied, “‘You must love the Lord your God with all your heart, all your soul, and all your mind.’ 38 This is the first and greatest commandment. 39 A second is equally important: ‘Love your neighbor as yourself.’ 40 The entire law and all the demands of the prophets are based on these two commandments.”
If relationships are messy, confusing and draining, why would you pursue them anyway?
Why do you think God designed us for relationships?
Name one PERSON you can serve this week and one WAY in which you can serve them.
Creator God, thank you for creating us for community. Help us to accept others as you have accepted us. Help us to serve others in our community. To walk along side them through the ups and downs of life. In your name we pray, AMEN.
Use this simple blessing with your family, while you bless one another, mark the cross on the forehead of each member as a reminder of your baptism.
(Name), you are a Child of God.
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