Date: June 25, 2017
Title: See Their Worth
The Point: When we see others as Christ sees them, we will treat them accordingly.
Get Into the Study
Use the following discussion as an optional introduction to today’s session. Share the following information before asking Question 1.
This week we are talking about people and how we’re called to see their worth and value based on God’s perspective.
Did you know that since 1825 every US president and vice president except for four, also seventy six percent of all congressmen and senators, as well as forty three of the nation’s largest corporations are run by people who were members of a fraternity or sorority?  Greek life can be a great thing providing support to various philanthropies, helping with retention rates, and granting a built in support system of friends. However, moments arise when an ugly side of Greek life might be seen.
Penn State has been back in the news this month for the positive strides the administration is taking to prevent situations like the death of pledge Tim Piazza from this year.
Ask people in group about their experiences with Greek Life or another close-knit group of friends during their college and young adult years. As with most things in life, things can be positive or negative depending on the moment, circumstances, and situation. For King David, he made one decision that led to another, that led to another, that ultimately ended with him taking a man’s life. Yet, that did not change how much God loved him.
As a group discuss the positive and negative sides to close, tight-knit, groups of friends who greatly depend on each other. As you look to the narrative of David, what could his friends have done in his life? How can we still find the worth and value in others that don’t make the best choices?
Dr. Beth Masters works with college students at Mississippi College where she is the Director of Christian Life and Ministries. She has a PhD in Christian Education from New Orleans Baptist Theological Seminary. Beth loves young adults, baking, and coffee.
Conclude with the following illustration as you consider the difficulties we sometimes face when we try to see the worth in “all types of people.”
Saturday night, June 3rd, terrorists perpetrated what is now being called the London Bridge Attack. Driving a van into a crowd of people, they swerved to hit pedestrians and then proceeded to chase and stab others outside the van. They killed eight people and injured dozens more.
In the days following the attack, information about the attackers was released and ISIS claimed responsibility. As neighbors of the attackers were interviewed, they began to share details of their experiences with the attackers: “He never used to park where he should park,” one woman said. “He never really looked at us and if he did he didn’t look happy as if he had a why are women out on the street at this time of the night? type of look on his face.” The same neighbor said the attacker wore traditional Islamic robes and his wife wore a full-face veil.
As we continue to be bombarded by images of terror and terrorists, it’s easy to feel fearful or suspicious of people who look and sound similar to those terrorists. While the terrorists failed to see the worth of others, we must be careful that this does not lead us to devaluing certain ethnicities or communities. How do we avoid falling into a trap of racism or bigotry?
In the story of David and Bathsheba, David was the one in a position of power. Nonetheless, it was his fear that led to his mistreatment of Uriah. As we struggle with fear, we may be tempted to devalue those around us based on the way they look, or their religion.
Ask group members: What are some reminders or commands from Scripture that can help us resist fear and see the value in others?
Nikki Wilbanks is a stay-at- home mom, writer, Bible study leader, and commercial real estate appraiser/investor. She graduated from Pepperdine University, and lives with her husband and two children in Murfreesboro, TN.
- What are some things that people consider priceless? Why?
- What’s the most valuable object you own?
- When have you seen someone change for the better?
- When have you been surprised by someone’s hidden talent?
2 Samuel 11:1-4
- Why is it often difficult to see the values in others?
- Where do we see people objectified or undervalued today?
- What can we learn about the private life of David in these verses?
- What are the dangers of attempting to use people for our benefit?
- How can we determine whether we are treating others with dignity or a means to an end?
- What makes it so difficult to focus on the needs of others instead of our own selfish desires?
- When has someone viewed you more as an asset than a person?
- What are some ways people use others for their own benefit?
2 Samuel 11:5-9. 14-17
- What are some practical ways to value others and treat them with dignity?
- What are some warning signs that show we’re viewing people as objects or obstacles?
- How might David have responded differently at each point of his decline into sin?
- How does our sin hurt others?
- How would you describe the value God places on each person?
- What can we learn from comparing the actions of David with the actions of Uriah?
- What daily choices reveal that we have begun to use people as objects rather than valuing them as God does?
- When have you observed little mistakes snow balling into a catastrophe?
Share the following with your group members as either a devotional before the group study or as a follow-up devotional:
Here’s a brief five-minute teaching video about this session: Session 4.