Whether we know it or not, we’re all imitators. Ideas and behaviors – memes – spread from person to person every day. It’s a core part of human culture and always has been. The question is who and what are we imitating?
Discussion Questions for Meme | August 26, 2018 | Click here for a printable version
Key Bible Passages: Mark 1:16-17, John 1:43, Matthew 9:9, Mark 10:21, Mark 8:34, Matthew 23:1-7, 1 Corinthians 11:1
- Richard Dawkins defined a meme as a “unit of cultural transmission.” He said “Examples of memes are tunes, ideas, catch-phrases, clothes fashions, ways of making pots or building arches.” What are some specific examples of memes?
- Rene Girard asserted that we imitate the desires of others. What’s a recent desire you’ve had that you now realize was mostly imitated from someone else?
- How do you respond to the idea of “imitating Jesus”? Does it seem impossible, exciting, exhausting, unappealing, or (fill in the blank)?
- Who are the examples in your life? Who are you really following?
- What would it require from you to begin following Jesus, not just in your “beliefs” but in all your actions and ways?
- What keeps you from trying to follow Jesus in every aspect of your life?
- Read 1 Corinthians 11:1. Is there anyone in your life who is like Paul–someone you can imitate as they imitate Jesus?
Discuss the three suggestions given at the end of the sermon. Which one captured your attention and why?
How can others in the group support you in your journey of following Jesus?