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Word One Bible Study: Epiphany 7 Old Testament

Text: Leviticus 19:1-2, 17-18 for the Seventh Sunday after Epiphany, Lectionary Series A

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Participants will learn to speak the truth in love through a role play experience.

Group Guidelines
This Bible study has been developed for use in a small group of 6-8 persons. If your group is larger than this, divide into smaller groups. Each group should select a leader to keep things moving and encourage each person's participation. The leader should also function as time keeper, giving 2-3 minutes per person for each activity.

Building Community
In your small groups, share answers to the following questions:
1.What is one of your happiest memories from childhood?
2.How did your parents settle disputes between you and your brothers/sisters?

Getting Into the Scripture
1.Read Leviticus 19:1-2, 17-18, using different readers for each verse. Discuss phrases or ideas that you especially noticed.
2.Read Matthew 18:15-17 twice, using a different reader each time.

Reinforcing What Has Been Learned
Read the following situation and have volunteers prepare the roles in Role Play #1 or #2.

SITUATION: The Group had been "The Group" ever since school began. It was unofficially composed of the prettiest girls in the class. Girls from this clique always got elected to class offices. They laughed a lot and seemed to enjoy life more than any of the girls who weren't a part of The Group.

From the beginning of the year, Cory had made up her mind that she would break into The Group, even though she thought it might mean seeing less of Lauren.

Lauren was her best friend. They shared their thoughts and special secrets. Often they planned their devotions together. But Lauren was not very pretty, and somehow her clothes always seemed out-of-date. The Group would never accept Lauren.

So Cory began her infiltration plan. She started sitting at the same lunch table as The Group. And when her mother asked who she wanted to invite to her birthday party, she mentioned only the names of the girls in The Group and the boys they talked about.

The Monday after the party, Cory was talking to Lauren when Sarah, a girl from The Group walked by. "That was a great party, Cory," she said. "I'll save you a seat in the cafeteria at noon."

Sarah walked away without saying a word to Lauren. It was as though she hadn't seen her at all.


Role Play #1:

Conversation Cory and Lauren might have immediately following this incident. How does Cory explain the party and how does Lauren react? Each girl should try to share honestly with the other how she feels in such a way that their friendship will not be permanently damaged. Each girl should learn something about herself and about friendship through the conversation.


Role Play #2:

Conversation between Cory and Sarah as Cory explains the importance of her friendship with Lauren. Cory might attempt in this conversation to break down the clique she has tried so hard to join.


Bring the groups back together and allow the groups to perform their role plays. Afterwards discuss the differences in the various presentations.

2. Individually, complete the following sentence. Then share and discuss the different answers.

One of the qualities I would like to find in Christian friendships is ____________ because ________________.

Bring all groups together to stand in a circle and say a closing prayer.

Originally published in Discovery Bible Studies V, studies on the Old Testament readings for lectionary series A, in 1992.

Republished and revised in February 2014 for thESource.

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