During the first part of the Easter season, we’ll be looking at the story of David and Goliath to understand the power of the resurrection in our lives. Rather than living in fear, complacency, anger, and rejection, God has opened up a new way for us to live in him. Through God, the “goliaths” of our lives no longer have the power over us. On this final week of the series, we’ll look at how God, through Christ, has set us free from addiction.
What food can you not keep in your house because you’ll eat it too quickly?
1 Samuel 17:4-11; Romans 7:21-25; 1 Corinthians 12:9-10
Read 1 Samuel 17:4-11.
- Why is are the Israelites so afraid of Goliath? What do they know about him, and what do they believe about him?
- Addiction is often treated like a insurmountable giant in our culture. What do you know about addiction, and what do you believe about addiction?
Leader’s Note: This is a good time to help work as a group to separate the facts of addiction from the beliefs about it.
- What do you think are the things people are addicted to most in our culture? Why are these addicting?
Read Romans 7:21-25.
- How do you think Paul’s expression in these verses relates to the experience of addiction?
- If addiction is so common in our society, why are people so ashamed to talk about it? What drives people to stay in the feedback loop of addiction?
- What is Paul’s answer to the feedback loop of addiction? Do you really believe that Christ delivers us from the power of addiction?
Read 1 Corinthians 12:9-10.
- What does it mean for Christ’s grace to be “sufficient for [us]” in times of weakness? Have you ever experienced that reality?
- How is weakness a strength in the Christian life? How would we live differently if we actually “delight[ed] in weakness”?
Diving Deeper: OPENING UP
When David stepped on the battlefield to face Goliath, he did so without armor, a spear, or a sword. In short, David was vulnerable, but in that vulnerability he made way for God’s redeeming power.
Take some time as a group to share your own experiences with addiction by asking questions like:
- How have other people’s addictions affected your own life?
- Has addiction played a role in your life? How so?
- Have you seen people get free of addiction? How did they do it?