Campaigners Idea: Gratitude & The Sin Pattern of Belief

November 25, 2019

With Thanksgiving this week, below is an exercise you could do with your Campaigners group, focused on the topic of
gratitude.

Begin the discussion by asking your Campaigners group, “What
is something you look to, other than God, to bring you life
?

Make a list of their answers.

Ask them to take notes as you walk them through this pattern below.

The Sin Pattern of Belief
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1. Idolatry:
Something other than God will bring me life, happiness, and satisfaction.

2. Pride: If I
try hard enough, I can be in control, get that thing I want, and prove all the
haters wrong.

3. Jealousy: When
I see that someone else has what I want, it makes me want it even more.

4. Entitlement: If
they have it, I should have it too.

5. Ingratitude:
(If you’re entitled to it, there’s no reason to be thankful for it) I’m not
thankful because I deserve it more.       

6. Discontentment:  Nothing is good enough, I’m not thankful.
Life sucks.

7. Rebellion:
Forget it, I’m going to do whatever I have to do to get what I want, when I
want it, no matter who it hurts or what rules I have to break.

8. Bitterness:
This plan failed too. Now I just feel empty, lonely, and lost. My heart is
hardening.

Ask them, “Have you ever met an elderly person who is just
the sweetest and most thoughtful person you know? Have you met one who always
seems angry?”

As we grow older, we tend to either get sweeter or bitter.
Where do you want to end up at the end of the race?

When the sin pattern begins to run it’s course in our minds
and hearts, there comes a crucial moment between stage 4 and 5, between
entitlement and ingratitude. If we can manage, at that moment, to choose to be
thankful, the direction can be reversed.

A thankful heart keeps bitterness away.

Next, pick something specific from the list you made at the
beginning and help them see how the sin pattern can take over our thoughts and
beliefs.

Below is one example using our bodies. Instead of reading
them the list I’ve written below, ask them to think through how each step in
the “sin pattern of belief” could play out in relation to our body.

You could also pick other topics such as money, sex,
relationships, grades, etc…

Body

1. Idolatry: If I
just can be in great shape than that will bring me life, happiness, and
satisfaction.

2. Pride: If I
try hard enough, I can be in control, get those abs that I want, and make all
the guys/gals want me.

3. Jealousy: When
I see that picture on Instagram and that someone else has a better body, it
makes me want it even more.

4. Entitlement: If
they have it, I should have it too.

5. Ingratitude:
I’m not thankful that I am healthy, that I can see, that I can walk, etc…
because I deserve to be beautiful.

6. Discontentment:  Why did God make me fat? I hate my body.

7. Rebellion:
Forget it, I’m going to do whatever I have to do to get what I want, even if
that means playing food games, making myself throw-up, or taking drugs to make
me stronger.

8. Bitterness:
This plan failed too. Now I just feel empty, lonely, and lost. I don’t care any
more. I’m just going to eat my worries away.

Coaches study the opposing team to know how to play defense.
It’s a helpful practice to learn about your opponent.

Spend some time walking through other sin patterns and
helping your middle, high school, or college friends identify areas in their
life where they are believing lies.

Close the Campaigners time in prayer- thanking the Lord for
the many gifts He has given.  Spend a
significant amount of time in thanksgiving. Have them make a list of things
they’re thankful for underneath the notes they took on the sin pattern.

This could even become a regular tool that you use when
checking in with your Campaigner kids throughout the week. When they’re
struggling with something, this could help provide a framework and language for
asking them where they are in their fight and helping lead them to cultivating
a heart of gratitude.

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