Creation to Christ – Shame & Honor Theme

Here is one example of a Creation to Christ sequence designed for those from a Shame – Honor society. Again, you will need to pray and work to adapt the process to the situation and worldview of those you serve.

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Discovery Group Series with Shame/Honor Themes

  1.  Naked and Unashamed (Shame/Cover-Ups)                Genesis 2:18-3:11
  2. Joseph in Potiphar’s House (Honor: Fear of God)              Genesis 39:1-23
  3. Moses/Miriam/Aaron       (Sibling Honor/Shame)  Numbers 12:1-15
  4. Korah’s Rebellion   (Usurping Honor)                  Numbers 16:1-50
  5. Deborah/Barak/Jael    (Honor for Bold Obedience)           Judges 4:1-24
  6. Hannah     (From Dishonor to Honor)              I Samuel 1:1-28
  7. Ahab/Jehoshaphat/Micaiah (Dishonor: Alignments) 2 Chronicles 18:1-34
  8. Mary and Joseph      (Lineage: Cultural Shame/Honor)         Matthew 1:1-25
  9. Jesus and Fasting   (Ceremonial Honor/Dishonor)          Matthew 6:16-24
  10. Elisabeth and Zacharias ( From Dishonor to Honor)             Luke 1:5-25
  11. The Prodigal Son (Honor by Grace for the Dishonorable)    Luke 15:11-32
  12. Rich Man and Lazarus (Status and Honor)                       Luke 16:19-31
  13. Honor of Jesus                   (God’s Honor)                              John 1: 1-18
  14. Incarnation of Christ       (From Dishonor to Honor)            Philippians 2:4-11
  15. Woman at the Well      (Cultural Dishonor/Honor)            John 4:4-42
  16. Jesus Washes Disciples’ Feet   (Countercultural Honor)       John 13:1-17
  17. Judas (Shame that Leads to Death)      Matthew 26:14-16, 47-50; 27:1-10
  18. Jesus on the Cross      (Countercultural Honor)                Matthew 27:27-54
  19. Jesus’ Resurrection            (Dishonor/Honor)                        Matthew 28:1-20

For those from an honor/shame-oriented culture, this story list can be used with the usual DBS questions.

However, you might want to add one extra question (besides the usual DBS questions) for these studies:

  1. What does this teach us about God?
  2. What does this teach us about ourselves / people?

2a.       Who is honored or put to shame in this story? Why?

  1. What do you need to apply / obey?   (“I will…”)
  2. Is there some way we could apply this as a group? (“We will…”)
  3. Who are you going to tell? (“I will…”)

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