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 movie, Elf, Buddie’s dad must have been thinking, “None of this makes sense.” If you are like me, that thought crosses your mind a lot just living your life. Most of us feel the same way. Oddly, maybe that’s the way it should be. A lot of us often look to our faith to help make sense of the world we live in. But the Bible often goes to great length to point out how absurd the world really is and how irrational our faith can be. The foolish are wise; the weak are strong. The hungry are blessed; the poor are rich. Sarah, at the age of ninety, discovers she is pregnant. All she can do is laugh. The cross Jesus is executed on becomes the primary symbol of hope and life for the church. None of it makes sense.

Small Group Questions: Sunday, July 31, 2016

Week 4: Comedy: Elf

  • In reading 1 Corinthians 1:18-21 and/or recalling the sermon you listened to, what did you find most interesting or important?
  • What is your favorite comedy of all time? What makes a comedy a comedy?
  • What is the most foolish or absurd thing you have ever done that ended up being the right thing to do?
  • How is the message of the cross foolish? What then is the way of the wise rejected by the cross?
  • How can we live shaped by the foolishness of the cross? What would change in your life?

Taking the Next Step of Discipleship
This week do something utterly foolish for the sake of the gospel. Say yes when you’d normally say no. Give instead of holding back. Dive in rather than play it safe. Be a fool for Christ. Paul knew a thing or two about playing a fool, “for the message about the cross is foolishness to those who are perishing, but to us who are being saved it is the power of God”. Or as Flannery O Conner once said, “You shall know the truth and the truth shall make you odd.”

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