In This Series
- Leaving a Legacy
- When the Romance Fades
- Navigating the Teenage Years
- Children are Wet Cement
- The Dangers of the Digital World
- How to Affair-Proof Your Marriage
- Let’s Consult the Architect
Family Advisory: Explicit Instructions (7)
Sunday, October 15, 2017
The Dangers of the Digital World
Take Away / Application
Be proactive in preparing your mind, parenting your kids, guarding your eyes and protecting your life when it comes to the dangers of the digital world.
Don’t be afraid to add to this list, skip questions that don’t work for your Group or branch off with additional questions as discussion unfolds. Conversation is key! This is the time to work through the application of scripture and have your group members figure things out together.
- Digital media is any content that can be transmitted over the internet, computer, phone, tablet or computer network. This can include text, audio, video, and graphics. How do you view the digital world (including smart phones, tablets, internet, social media, etc.)? Do you think it’s a productive tool, dangerous, helpful, innocent, destructive, no big deal, etc.? Explain.
- Research shows that on average, an individual touches or swipes their phone 2,617 times a day. How attached are you to your phone? How attached are your kids or grand kids to their phone (or your phone if they’re to young to own one)?
- Read Matthew 6:19–24. Jesus specifically addresses money in these verses, however, it can apply to any treasure that we’d “lay up” for ourselves on this earth. How do these verses apply to and impact the digital media consumption in our lives today.
- The global attack on Christianity often feels too big for us to take on, and we end up paralyzed because of it. What can we do practically in our lives to stand up for the Word of God and live out the Gospel?
- The digital world is not going anywhere. We must learn to navigate the digital world in a godly and wise manner. Pastor Harrell gave five ways to be proactive and prepare our minds. Think back to a time where you made poor decisions, or were spiritually in a bad place. Were you living out these five things?
- In being proactive to prepare your mind, which of the five ways do you most need to work on? Share why? How do verses like 1 Peter 1:13–16, Philippians 4:8, and Ephesians 6:10–18 help you in the battle for your mind or the mind of your loved ones.
- Psalm 101:3 challenges us to protect ourselves and abstain from anything that is wicked. However, we must also fill up with things of the Lord, His truth! Share about your consistency in reading God’s Word. If you struggle in this area, starting today, come up with a plan so you can begin EVERY day in the Word. Who will keep you accountable to reading God’s Word?
- Practical challenge – go into your phone’s settings at the end of the day and find the usage statistics. Examine how much total usage you had. What were the apps you used the most? How much time did you spend on those apps? If too much, what needs to change moving forward?
- Does anything in your life or your family’s life, regarding digital media, need to change after today’s message? Share.