Session 1 – The Gift of God

THE GIFT OF GOD

~ OUR BODY ~

 

Preparation

In preparation for this week’s D-Group:
Memorize and Meditate on: 
 
 
READ:
 
 
 
Created in God’s Image:
We are created in the image of God, however, as part of the fall, we do not have the eternal body that was given to us by God. In His mercy, God provided us with the Biblical wisdom on how to maintain the body that he had given us. 
And a part of understanding His restoration plan for this whole world from sin requires us to learn and grow in our restoration of our diet, our thinking pattern, and relationship with one another. 
 
Secondly, one part of discipleship is to be a good steward and that includes taking care of the mind and body that God had given His people. 
It is amazing to know that God in His wisdom, provided us with resources that we need to maintain our health through the things that we encounter in His creation. 
 
Ellen White concluded it well in her statement below:
There are many ways of practicing the healing art; but there is only one way that Heaven approves. God’s remedies are the simple agencies of nature, that will not tax or debilitate the system through their powerful properties. Pure air and water, cleanliness, a proper diet, purity of life, and a firm trust in God, are remedies for the want of which thousands are dying; yet these remedies are going out of date because their skilful use requires work that the people do not appreciate. Fresh air, exercise, pure water, and clean, sweet premises, are within the reach of all, with but little expense; but drugs are expensive, both in the outlay of means, and the effect produced upon the system.—Testimonies for the Church 5:443, 1885 
 
In addition to the gift of nature that He provides, God also provided many people with the ability to conduct research and studies to continue to improve the quality of lives of many people through modern medical discoveries. Through the combination of both, we should be able to develop a healthier lifestyle to become a healthier disciple of Jesus. 
 
 

Accountability (10 Minutes)

Share with your group what insight you have gained from your devotional last week. 
Is there any specific words/topic of your devotional that you find very inspiring for you?
 
 

Bible Discussion (20 Minutes)

1. Study  1 Corinthians 10:31.  How does this verse help us to see that the things that we do on a daily basis (eat, drink, etc) has a direct implication with the God that we serve? Discuss how Christians are to practice discipleship through the things that they do daily? E.g. What you eat, drink, say, do, etc. 
 
2. Read Psalm 139:14. How do you draw a relationship between taking care of your body (as the creation of God) with God (who had created you)? 
 
3. What do these verses say about taking care of the life that God had given to us on this Earth?
 
 

Life Transformation (20 Minutes)

1. How does our spiritual health relate to our physical, mental, and social health? Share your thoughts with some practical examples that all can relate to. 
 
2. Share with your group about your journey in appreciating the life that God had given you. What are some of the efforts that you have made to show that you value the body, mind, and people that God had given you on this earth? 
 
3. Often we don’t consider maintaining a healthy lifestyle as part of our discipleship pathway. How then, will this D-Group help you to develop a healthier habit for your physical, mental, and social health? 
 
4. Discuss with your group members one of the healthy lifestyle habits that you are strong at and some that you are weak at (exercise, healthy diet, enough rest, managing emotions, etc). How will you commit yourself (with the help of God) in maintaining the ones that you are good at while continuing to improve the ones you are weak at. Put it as part of your Devotional Journal.
 
 

Intercessory Prayer (10 Minutes)

1. Pray that God will help all of us to continue to grow in our awareness on the importance of maintaining our health. 
2. Pray for willingness to allow God to help in the commitment you have placed in the life transformation section. 
3. Pray that your whole church will be a healthy body of Christ not only in terms of spiritual health, but in all areas of the Church.
 
 

LEADER’S TIP

  1. Starting this session, the topic will revolve around a person’s health. You may not be a health expert and you are not expected to be. Share to your group what you know without portraying yourself as the one knowing everything. 
  2. When it comes to health information, sometimes it’s hard to know which one is scientifically sound and which one is pseudoscientific. The rule of thumb will be to rely on recognised and credible resources such as from World Health Organization or government health bodies. For Adventist related health materials, you may want to cite from official sites as General Conference Health Ministries website (http://healthministries.com/). 
  3. Correlation does not mean causation. Be careful in trying to interpret research findings in the article you or your members may find about health as conclusive. Often, further research is needed to confirm the initial research finding. Take what is practical while remaining aware that information you shared may change as research on the area continues to develop. 
  4. Help to moderate the discussion and help members to see that the group is not about being experts in health but to build a community of disciples for Jesus where all are learning together.