Each Wednesday night this fall, I'm doing a "Disney Bible Study" with my Jr High youth. Each week, we watch a clip from a Disney movie and have a lesson based on the clip and the moral or lesson it teaches. The first week, we watched part of The Lion King. I'll encourage you to watch this clip and think of the answers you would provide to some of the questions.
- What is your least favorite rule your parents have, or had when you were a youth? Why?
- What is your least favorite "rule" in the Bible? Why?
- Are there good reasons for rules?
Watch The Lion King starting at 29:10 "This is it. We made it." and end at 35:33 "Cause nobody messes with your dad. Come here, you!" This is the part where Simba and Nala sneak off to the Elephant Graveyard and Mufasa has to rescue them from the hyenas.
- Simba and Nala deliberately disobeyed their
parents and found themselves in danger. Have you ever been in a dangerous situation because
you’ve disobeyed your parents?
Have your parents ever had to rescue you? Share experiences
- Do you think the rules your parents have for you
are fair? Do you think rules
need to change? Why? When? What are some things you can do to see if your family’s
rules are fair and appropriate?
- Read Ephesians 6:1-3
1Children, do what your parents tell you. This is only right. 2"Honor your father and mother" is the first commandment that has a promise attached to it, namely, 3"so you will live well and have a long life."
- What does honoring your parents mean to you?
- How does being obedient show that you love your
parents and you love God?
- Mufasa confessed his fear to Simba. Have your parents ever told you
their fears? If
yes, how did knowing their fears change you?
- Have you ever felt indestructible? What made you feel that way? Were you with your friends or by
- Has anyone ever talked you into doing something
you regretted later on? Were
you with your friends or by yourself?
- Do friends make a difference in how you feel
about yourself and what you say and do? How?
- It’s easy to be obedient when your parents are
watching. Do you obey their
rules when there’s no chance of them ever knowing whether you are obeying?
- Read 1 John 2:3-6
3Here's how we can be sure that we know God in the right way: Keep his commandments.
4If someone claims, "I know him well!" but doesn't keep his commandments, he's obviously a liar. His life doesn't match his words. 5But the one who keeps God's word is the person in whom we see God's mature love. This is the only way to be sure we're in God. 6Anyone who claims to be intimate with God ought to live the same kind of life Jesus lived.
- How does following God’s laws actually make us
- Why does God require our obedience?
- What change might you see in your life this week if you really followed God’s laws?
Blessings to you all!