At the Movies: God’s Story on Screen
This July Arborlawn is going to the movies as we engage with your favorite cinematic classics including The Sound of Music, Indiana Jones, Star Wars, The Wizard of Oz, and Christmas favorite, Elf. When we take a careful look at these movies and the stories they tell, we not only discover our own stories but the very stories of God.

Long before we were called Christians, the earliest historical designation given to the initial follower of Christ was simply, “The Way” or “People of the Way.” It describes people a people who clearly understood there is a particular way in which we are to live as we journey through life. The way of compassion. The way of love and forgiveness. Living the way Jesus lives.

Small Group Questions: Sunday, July 10, 2016

Week 2: Voyage and Return: The Wizard of Oz

  • In reading Luke 2:41-50 and/or recalling the sermon you listened to, what did you find most interesting or important?
  • What is your favorite part of Wizard of Oz? Why?
  • Describe a journey (literal or metaphorical) that you have been on in your life. How have you been changed by that journey?
  • In your life, do you focus more on the destinations or the journey? How can we make sure we don’t miss what God is trying to show us on the journey?
  • We are all changed by our journeys? What do we need to do to make sure we are changed for good?

Taking the Next Step of Discipleship
In a culture obsessed with end results, final scores, benchmarks and metrics, Jesus reminds us that the journey is the destination. Don’t fixate on the destination so much that you miss the actual journey. Keep your eyes and heart open. This week as you go through your daily routines and scheduled plans, stop and ask, “How can I be faithful to God in this moment?” What is it that God wants me to know and see as I walk through this day?” It will be revealed to you as you go along your way, reminded in all things that Jesus is the way.

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