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Believer
A Quick Music Discussion Guide for Parents
05/16/2017

Dynamic ImageThe Song: Believer

Main Point of Discussion: As we face painful things in our lives, God can produce good things through these experiences. No matter what we encounter, there is hope through Jesus.

Introducing the Song: Imagine Dragons came on the scene as Billboard’s Breakthrough band of 2013. Hailing from Las Vegas, they will release their third studio album entitled Evolve in June of 2017. Believer is one of two released singles from their newest album, and has already topped the Billboard charts in the Alternative and Hot Rock categories.

The song has gained mainstream exposure, finding its way into a Nintendo commercial, onto Dancing with the Stars, and on the season finale of the teen drama Riverdale. The song is upbeat with a vocal reverberation that brings a certain power to it.

The lyrics speak of lead singer Dan Reynolds journey with pain in his own life. The depth of the song has potential to speak into student’s lives and spark meaningful discussion.

The Music Video: The music video can be viewed for free at
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=7wtfhZwyrcc



Song Lyrics: “Believer”
    First things first
    I'm a say all the words inside my head
    I'm fired up and tired of the way that things have been, oh ooh
    The way that things have been, oh ooh
    Second thing
    Second, don't you tell me what you think that I can be
    I'm the one at the sail, I'm the master of my sea, oh ooh
    The master of my sea, oh ooh

    I was broken from a young age
    Taking my soul into the masses
    Write down my poems for the few
    That looked at me took to me, shook to me, feeling me
    Singing from heart ache from the pain
    Take up my message from the veins
    Speaking my lesson from the brain
    Seeing the beauty through the (Pain)

    You made me a, you made me a believer, believer
    (Pain, pain)
    You break me down, you build me up, believer, believer
    (Pain)
    I let the bullets fly, oh let them rain
    My luck, my love, my God, they came from
    (Pain)
    You made me a, you made me a believer, believer

    Third things third
    Send a prayer to the ones up above
    All the hate that you've heard has turned your spirit to a dove, oh ooh
    Your spirit up above, oh ooh

    I was choking in the crowd
    Living my brain up in the cloud
    Falling like ashes to the ground
    Hoping my feelings, they would drown
    But they never did, ever lived, ebbing and flowing
    Inhibited, limited
    Till it broke up and it rained down
    It rained down, like (Pain)

    You made me a, you made me a believer, believer
    (Pain, pain)
    You break me down, you built me up, believer, believer
    (Pain)
    I let the bullets fly, oh let them rain
    My luck, my love, my God, they came from
    (Pain)
    You made me a, you made me a believer, believer
    Last things last
    By the grace of the fire and the flames
    You're the face of the future, the blood in my veins, oh ooh
    The blood in my veins, oh ooh
    But they never did, ever lived, ebbing and flowing
    Inhibited, limited
    Till it broke up and it rained down
    It rained down, like (Pain)

    You made me a, you made me a believer, believer
    (Pain, pain)
    You break me down, you built me up, believer, believer
    (Pain)
    I let the bullets fly, oh let them rain
    My luck, my love, my God, they came from
    (Pain)
    You made me a, you made me a believer, believer
Transitional Statement – You say this:
In an interview about this song, the lead singer and song writer said,
“I was really depressed and now I’m in this great headspace and colorful space.” He also said the song reflected on “specific things in my life that were painful, whether it was anxiety and dealing with crowds, feeling overwhelmed by that or the success of the band, disease, going through depression—anything that was a source of pain in my life.”

He continues about the meaning behind the song, “And just rising above that, finding a place of perspective where I could be appreciative of the pain in my life and make it my greatest strength.”

It seems the songwriter has experienced some significant pain in his life, but he is seeing beauty through the pain. Could it be possible to see good things develop in our lives through our most painful circumstances?

Divide into Small Groups:
Let’s go ahead and split up into our discussion groups, and then afterward we’ll come back together for a final word.

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Discussion Questions:
  1. AROUND THE CIRCLE: Before we get started, who would you say is your favorite musician or band right now?

  2. ASK A FEW: At the start of the song, we hear, don't you tell me what you think that I can be. I'm the one at the sail, I'm the master of my sea. Do you think it’s common for people to resist others telling them what to do? Why do you think that is?

  3. ASK A FEW: What do you think he means when he says I was broken at a young age? What are some ways that people your age experience pain at a young age?

  4. ASK A FEW: The song says, hoping my feelings, they would drown, but they never did. What are some ways that people try to drown pain in their lives?

  5. Read the following passage from the Bible:

      James 1:2-4

      Dear brothers and sisters, when troubles of any kind come your way, consider it an opportunity for great joy. 3 For you know that when your faith is tested, your endurance has a chance to grow. 4 So let it grow, for when your endurance is fully developed, you will be perfect and complete, needing nothing.

  6. ASK A FEW: What are some ways our faith gets tested?

  7. ASK A FEW: What is the endurance he is talking about?

  8. ASK A FEW: Why does endurance grow when our faith is tested?

  9. ASK A FEW: Looking back at the song, what do you think it means when he says pain has made him a believer?

  10. ASK A FEW: What are some similarities between what he is saying in the song about pain and what James is saying about facing trials?

  11. ASK A FEW: What do you suppose it means when James writes endurance can make us perfect, complete, and needing nothing?

  12. ASK A FEW: How can understanding who God is help us choose joy in the most painful situations?

  13. ASK A FEW: What are some ways this group can help each other as they go through painful things in their lives?

  14. AROUND THE CIRCLE: What is one way you can apply these verses to the hard things you face in your life?

Wrap Up:
Imagine Dragons hit a chord with the vulnerability of this song. It’s hard to expose others to the pain we feel, yet we are drawn to those who can project hope during the most difficult times. When he says that pain has broken him down and built him up, some of us might see the hope that this pain we face will not be the end of us.

There’s a reason God’s Word tells us we can consider it all joy when we face the most difficult times. We can find joy because of our confidence that God is good. We can know that God is always working for the good of those who love Him, even in the most difficult circumstances (Romans 8:28). God is using these painful situations to get things into our lives that we desperately need.

It’s important to know that in most situations God does not cause this pain. Jesus said in this world you will have trouble, but take heart, I have overcome the world (John 16:33). The world we live in is broken and messy because of the reality of sin. However, Jesus has overcome this world, and wants to walk with us through the darkest times.

As you consider these things from today, I want to leave you with two things you can do as you move forward. First, don’t keep your pain to yourself. We are so glad you are here today and God has no doubt brought you to this place so you can know that you are not alone. Let us walk with you through your pain. If you are going through something, do not leave this place today without asking one of us to pray for you, or without making plans for us to connect this week. Second, decide that before you go to bed tonight, you will take time with God to pray through the pain you’ve experienced, asking Him to show you the good that has come. If you are still in the place of pain, ask God to build your faith so that you can consider it joy. Remind yourself as you pray that your story has not ended. Because of Jesus, the best is yet to come.

Close in Prayer

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