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.

Can people really change? Not just in little ways or just for a little while. No, can people really experience a deep and profound change that transforms their entire life? That’s the promise of the Gospel. That’s the hope of the world. People can be reborn. Hardened hearts can be melted; old prejudices can be erased. Enemies can be turned into friends. With God all things are possible. Either we believe it or not. In the Sound of Music we see how the joy of Maria brings new life to the Von Trapp family.

Small Group Questions: Sunday, July 3, 2016

Week 1: Rebirth: The Sound of Music

  • In reading Ezekiel 36:26-26 and/or recalling the sermon you listened to, what did you find most interesting or important?
  • What is your favorite part of The Sound of Music? Why?
  • Do you know someone who has ever had a hardened heart or a “heart of stone”? Has that person ever been you?
  • Can you tell a story of rebirth?
  • What is an area in your life that you need rebirth or a new heart? What keeps you from living fully into your new life?

Taking the Next Step of Discipleship
Jesus changed the world by changing the lives of twelve ordinary people. As you encounter the ordinary people in your life, some of whom have hardened hearts and old prejudices, look beneath the surface. Ask God for help and then look for the best in them. Like you, deep down they’re broken. Their brokenness is the reason they have hardened hearts and old prejudices. Love them like Jesus loves them, in a way that frees them and helps them come alive.

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