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 Star Wars movies the Rebels fight against the evil of the Dark Side personified in characters like Kylo Ren, Darth Vader, and The Emperor. In the book Esther, Esther and Mordecai work against the evil of Empire personified in Haman who wants to destroy all the Jews in the kingdom. These are classic Overcoming the Monster stories where a protagonist sets out to defeat an antagonist who has threatened to hurt the protagonist, their family, or their homeland. There are monsters in our lives and world as well. What will our response be?

Small Group Questions: Sunday, July 24, 2016

Week 4: Overcoming the Monster: Star Wars

  • In reading Esther 4:13-17 and/or recalling the sermon you listened to, what did you find most interesting or important?
  • What is your favorite Star Wars movie? (Or any Overcoming the Monster movie?) Why?
  • What is the biggest monster you are most worried about in your own life? In the world? Why?
  • How have/do we contribute(d) to the existence of those monsters?
  • What is needed to overcome our monsters (personal or societal)? How can we overcome Monsters in a way that honors the life and love of Christ? (How have you overcome personal monsters in the past?)

Taking the Next Step of Discipleship
Monsters personified in hatred, fear, and oppression surround us on a daily basis, and we must continue to overcome until God’s Beloved Community of love and justice becomes a reality on earth. This work doesn’t require grand actions, but is done through tiny acts of love each and every day. This week, reach out to someone who doesn’t look like, live like, or think like you, and know that by getting to understand this person, one of God’s beloved, you are responding to the God who has called you for a moment such as this.

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