Fasting

 
 

DISCUSS THE DVD SEGMENT WITH YOUR GROUP, USING THE QUESTIONS BELOW.

What questions do you have after watching James’s teaching?

How would you describe the influence of food in today’s culture?

What are the similarities and differences between physical hunger and spiritual hunger?

In what situations do you feel most hungry for God? When do you most desire to be in His presence?

Respond to James’s statement: “Every day you get up, you have a capacity to satisfy yourself, and it’s finite. It’s not infinite. It’s limited. You have a finite capacity to feed.”

How can we identify when we’re enslaved by something other than God? What are the symptoms of that condition?

What do you hope to achieve or experience in the near future through the discipline of fasting?

Application. Review the different situations described in the “When to Fast” section of the viewer guide on the previous page. Choose which situation is most pressing in your life today and then commit to address it through the discipline of fasting. Be prepared to discuss your experiences at the next group session.

Note: If you haven’t recently fasted, it’s recommended that you begin with a normal or partial fast for no longer than 24 hours.

This week’s Scripture memory. 1 Peter 2:11

Beloved, I urge you as sojourners and exiles to abstain from the passions of the flesh, which wage war against your soul.

Assignment. Read week 4 and complete the activities before the next group experience.