In the movie A League of Their Own, Dottie Hinson is recruited to try out for a professional women’s baseball team after a scout deems her performance (and appearance) worthy. Dottie has no interest in the offer. Her little sister Kit (also a ball player) is thrilled with the prospect, but her lackluster talent did not impress the scout and she is not invited.
To deepen your discussion of the introductory question, play the following clip (Note: there is one swear word at the beginning of the clip. Know your group, and you may choose to start the clip about 20 seconds in.)
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After Dottie rejects the offer, her sister chases after the scout, she begs him for a chance. He concedes, only allowing Kit a try out if she can convince her more talented sister to come. Kit’s talent was not enough to earn a try-out. She did not meet the standard. Only because of her sister’s abilities could Kit get what she desired.
- Can you recall a time when you failed to meet a standard at work? At school? In your family? What did it feel like?
- Kit probably wanted a “Do Over” that day. When you fail to meet a standard, what plans do you make to meet it?
- Put yourself in Kit’s position. Would earning a try out through someone else’s talent bring you joy or bitterness? Would you have accepted? Why or why not?
Substitute Question Idea for Question 1: How does it feel to not measure up?
Substitute Question Idea for Question 5: How might non-Christians respond to Paul’s words in Romans 3:9-12?
We want to hear from you! How are you introducing the topic of Christ’s righteousness exchanged for our sin with the women in your class or small group?
Emily Jennings is a stay-at-home wife/mom. She teaches women’s Bible studies at Bethlehem Baptist Church in Cunningham, KY. Follow her at www.entiregospel.com and on Twitter @emilyejennings