Faith-Based Discussion Guide: A Journey Toward Peace and Purpose
By Julea Douglass, Ph.D. with Brooks Douglass & Richard B. Douglass
Many people who see The Amendment movie are struck in a deep and meaningful way. Possibly it’s the message of forgiveness, or maybe it is grief and loss of a loved one through death, divorce, or conflict. Maybe it is a traumatic event of their past that won’t let go.
The Amendment Faith-based Discussion Guide can be a powerful and important way for churches to connect with members in need of emotional and Biblical support. Using clips from the movie, participants are able to recognize shared emotions around grief, loss, and anger in Brooks’ and Leslie’s lives while also learning more about how Jesus’ disciples experienced many of those same emotions and injustices in their time. Just as Jesus walked with His disciples through their challenges and grief, this guide covers similar topics in the context of a supportive group Bible study. The conversations and insights that emerge from this study can be a real breakthrough for members who have felt alone and unsteady in the suffering or unresolved issues.
(See box to the left for sample lessons.)
Table Of Contents
Session 1: Watching The Amendment Movie
Session 2: Finding Commonalities
How are your life experiences similar to the love and/or loss of the Douglass Family? How are your life experiences similar to your groupmates’?
Session 3: Tracing Family Influences
How has your family of origin—your parents, grandparents, siblings, and childhood events – influenced who you are today?
Session 4: Living With Loss
How can you find peace and meaning after loss? Where is God while we mourn losses?
Session 5: Allowing Grief
What is the purpose of grief? When is grief healthy and helpful? When is it not?
Session 6: Letting Go of Anger and Blame
How is anger, blame, and/or regret affecting your life? What would life be like without it?
Session 7: Assessing Coping Strategies
What do you do to soothe stress, frustration, or grief? Is it working?
Session 8: Finding Forgiveness
Do you need to forgive someone? Do you need to ask for forgiveness? What would forgiveness feel like in your life?
Session 9: Reaching Restoration
How do we get back to our core, best selves? What would restoration look and feel like?
Session 10: Moving Forward with Purpose
Now what? How do we move toward a more meaningful and fulfilling life?
Session 11: Celebrating Together
What have you learned from this group? And when will we meet again?