Here’s a lighthearted option for opening Session 3, “Stand Down” Ask, “When you think about conflict, what is the opposite of standing down?” (allowing a conflict to escalate). Ask the men in the group if, when they were younger, they ever got involved in a prank battle with a friend (or maybe a not-friend). Allow for responses. Explain that on the TV show The Office, Jim and Dwight are two employees who really don’t get along. Show this compilation of Jim and Dwight pranks collected over several seasons. If you do not see the video below, click here to watch the video on YouTube: http://youtu.be/5SnSzo4AbRI
Obviously, Jim and Dwight don’t handle their conflict in a very mature way. Maybe you have someone in your world that just rubs you the wrong way. Or maybe there is a clearly defined reason for conflict and tension between you.
- In what ways have you seen conflict escalate?
- In order for someone to “stand down” in a conflict, what must he or she be willing to give up or sacrifice?
Continue the study by exploring the conflict between Abram and Lot in Genesis 3:1-18
We want to hear from you. How will you explore the theme of “Standing down” in a conflict situation with the men in your small group?