American Heritage Girls

Week 1
Text: Psalm 137:1–9
Topics: Righteous Anger, Grace, Remembrance
Big Idea of the Message: Imprecatory prayers are a way to be honest with God and to initiate a process of spiritual healing through God’s grace and mercy.
Application Point: If you are feeling anger in your life because of pain or injustice, consider praying Psalm 137 as a way to be open and honest with God.
 
Discussion Questions:
 
1. What is one thing that stood out to you from this week’s message?

2. How does the church deal with anger? Is it different from how our culture handles it?

3. The passage today calls for some horrific judgment on Israel’s enemies. How do you handle that?

4. How does the cross change or nuance our understanding of this passage?

5. Has there been a period of pain or suffering in your life in which you were honest with God? Did that help the healing process?

6. How can we pray for you?





Week 2
Text: Genesis 38:6–26
Topics: Righteousness, Justice, Sin
Big Idea of the Message: Christians are called to fight injustice in the church, to conform our lives to Christ’s holy laws.
Application Point: If you recognize an injustice in your church, pray for guidance and meet with leaders in the church to discuss how to move forward as Christ followers.
 
Discussion Questions:
 
1. What is one thing that stood out to you from this week’s message?

2. What comes to mind when you hear the word justice? Are Christians supposed to be people of justice?

3. Tamar is described as righteous in this passage, despite committing an incestuous act with her father-in-law. How are we to understand this?

4. Is there a difference between addressing injustice in the church community and addressing injustice amidst nonbelievers?

5. Is there any injustice you have seen in your church community that needs to be addressed?

6. How can we pray for you?
 




Week 3
Text: 2 Kings 2:23–25
Topics: Reverence, Worship, Holiness
Big Idea of the Message: We must esteem God with our reverent worship and devotion in all aspects of our lives.
Application Point: Spend time praising God this week, being mindful of who God is and how deserving he is of all the praise we could ever give.
 
Discussion Questions:
 
1. What is one thing that stood out to you from this week’s message?

2. What do you think of “roasts,” the harsh and comedic insulting of an individual? Do you find them fun or rough?

3. How are we supposed to grapple with this passage’s extreme violence for a seemingly innocuous insult?

4. We are called to revere God in all parts of our lives—does this mean we can never joke about God or the Christian life?

5. How do you balance an intimate relationship with God while maintaining a respectful and reverent attitude?

6. How can we pray for you?





Week 4
Text: Matthew 15:21–28
Topics: Mission, Blessings, Faith
Big Idea of the Message: Christ has come to save not only the children of Israel but the entire world.
Application Point: Seek new ways to reach people in your communities, even if your attitude has previously been to exclude those against whom you bear animosity or prejudice.
 
Discussion Questions:
 
1. What is one thing that stood out to you from this week’s message?

2. Have you ever been excluded from something? How did that make you feel?

3. Christ calls a woman a “dog” in this passage—how are we to understand this? Is Christ being unloving here?

4. We can exclude people from God’s mission in our sinful attitudes. Who are some people you are tempted to exclude? How might God be confronting
     your attitude in that? Is there an area where he is calling you to repent?

5. What are some ways we can reach out to the excluded this week to show them the blessings of God’s salvation? Might it begin with making amends
    for wrongs done against them?

6. How can we pray for you?





Week 5
Text: Mark 9:42–50
Topics: Sin, Righteousness, Judgment
Big Idea of the Message: Christ’s works should make us realize the severity of sin and the holiness of God—sin is not to be taken lightly but cut out of our lives.
Application Point: Give any habitual sin in your life over to God, and reflect on ways to alter your habits to avoid it in the future.
 
Discussion Questions:
 
1. What is one thing that stood out to you from this week’s message?

2. How does the church deal with sin? Do they treat it with severity?

3. Christ tells his followers to cut off a limb if it causes them to sin. What should this look like, practically? Is it meant literally? Why or why not?

4. The church sometimes has a list of “acceptable” and “unacceptable” sins—what are those for your church?

5. Do you have a habitual sin in your life that needs to be cut out? How might you alter your habits this week to do this?

6. How can we pray for you?





Week 6
Text: Luke 14:25–33
Topics: Discipleship, Love, Faithfulness
Big Idea of the Message: Christ reminds us that our love should first and foremost be for him, to such an extent that the love given to all other people in our lives seems insignificant in comparison.
Application Point: Pray for the relational idols of your heart to be revealed and to give your love foremost to God.
 
Discussion Questions:
 
1. What is one thing that stood out to you from this week’s message?

2. What does it mean to “hate” something? Is it ever acceptable for Christians to hate?

3. Christ claims that his followers will hate their families, carry a cross, and sell all their possessions. How do you understand these commands?

4. Sometimes the church looks like the culture around it—how does this passage challenge that sort of cultural Christianity?

5. Are you loving someone or something more than God? Which people or things tempt you most in this form of idolatry?

6. How can we pray for you?