1. What are some of the most common aspects of life in our American culture today that are hostile to healthy faith in Christ? What do you see as the single most dangerous aspect of them all? Specifically, how does this cultural norm work against Christian faith?
2. On a scale of 0-100, where would you score your life these days in terms of busyness and living in a hurry? Consider 50 as being well-balanced, living at “the right speed” and 100 as being pegged out with busyness, ready to seize up and break down. Have each member of your family score their current “life speed.” Discuss your findings.
3. There are times we do best to remain silent (Proverbs 10:19; 17:28; http://bit.ly/zpOM). This thought is well known. However, though not nearly so well known is the fact that the book of Proverbs tells us there are times we simply must not be silent anymore. Proverbs 31:8-9 (http://bit.ly/27Bn25) is the most direct word to this point. How exactly can you imagine your life looking different if you spent the rest of your days trying to fully incorporate Proverbs 31:8-9 into your ways of dealing with, and speaking for, others? How might a family’s lifestyle, a church’s ministry, or a government’s policies change if this passage suddenly became a guiding principle for them?
4. Who in our society that is within your sphere of activity cannot speak for themselves? Who has such a weak voice that they can barely be heard, if at all? Do you see yourself as responsible for them? Why or why not? How would you see Jesus work with them and for them through you?
5. What are some of the risks or potential dangers involved should you choose to speak up for the destitute, poor, and needy around you? What are some of the potential benefits and blessings?