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.
In the classic quest movie, Indiana Jones and the Last Crusade, Indiana’s quest for the grail leads to the even more important discovery of a restored relationship with his father. We are all on a quest of our own. We all want to accomplish something. However, it is important that what we are trying to accomplish, no matter how noble, doesn’t distract us from our true quest: our relationship with Jesus.
Small Group Questions: Sunday, July 17, 2016
Week 3: The Quest: Indiana Jones and the Last Crusade
- In reading John 1:35-39 and/or recalling the sermon you listened to, what did you find most interesting or important?
- What is your favorite Indiana Jones movie? (Or any quest movie?) Why?
- Talk about the accomplishment in your life that you are most proud of. What did you have to overcome to achieve it?
- If you consider yourself a Christian, why are you one? What are you looking for? What do you want to accomplish?
- What do you think it means to abide with Jesus? How can we keep our relationship with Jesus our primary quest?
Taking the Next Step of Discipleship
Characters involved in a quest, like Indiana Jones, are in search of something valuable. What makes the story interesting is whether or not they are able to overcome the obstacles they face along the way to finding it. We are all on a quest of our own, and we all will face our own obstacles. Unfortunately, some of those obstacles are created by ourselves. Remove an obstacle from your path this week. Fast from an activity that doesn’t contribute to you recognizing
God at work in your life (like that addictive game on your phone), and replace that activity with a prayer practice or act of service as we seek after a God who wants to be found.