Sunday, October 30, 2011

Faith and Disney: Toy Story

A little boy named Andy has a room full of toys that come to life when he isn’t there.  Life is pleasant except for the fear that comes with birthdays and Christmas, because those are the times when new toys arrive.  That’s when they could be…replaced!  But Woody the Cowboy isn’t afraid.  He’s supremely confident of his status as Andy’s favorite toy- that is until Buzz Lightyear comes along.

Themes for lesson:
Are you so busy comparing yourself to others that you’ve forgotten who you are?

Scripture Reading:
James 3: 13-18
Exodus 20:17

Watch Movie Clip- Start 25:05 “What is it?”  End 31:02 “They’ll see.  I’m still Andy’s favorite toy.”
Andy’s mom pulls out a surprise birthday present that becomes the hit of the party.  It’s Buzz Lightyear, Space Ranger- the hottest, newest, gadget-loaded toy around!  The kids rush upstairs to play with him and in the frenzy of activity, Woody is knocked off the bed.  Buzz makes quite an impression on all of Andy’s toys with his recorded voice, laser beam and stories of defending the galaxy- all that is, except Woody, who is clearly irritated at the attention this brash new intruder is receiving.

  • Do you think Woody was more concerned about how Andy felt about him or what the toys were thinking about him?

  • What are some of the emotions you feel when a close friend becomes friends with someone else?

  • How is Woody’s experience similar to what you experience when a boyfriend or girlfriend rejects you?

  • What do you think causes people to compare (themselves, their children, their parents, their possessions) to others?

  • Are you envious of your friends because of things they have?  If you had those things, do you think you life would be better?  How?

  • What do you think it would take for you to be more self-confident?  How do you think feeling more self-confident would affect the way people think about you?

  • Why do you think first impressions can be deceiving?
Woody asks Buzz to prove to him and the other toys that he can really fly.  Buzz does this with the help of some amazing circumstances and the other toys are in awe.  Even though Buzz’s “flight” can be explained through natural terms, his faith carried him through nonetheless.  God calls all of us out of the boat at times to walk on stormy waters.  We must take that first step to move our words of faith into miraculous action.

  • Did you or your friends ever try to fly when you were a kid?  What happened?

  • Read Matthew 17:20. 20He replied, "Because you have so little faith. I tell you the truth, if you have faith as small as a mustard seed, you can say to this mountain, 'Move from here to there' and it will move. Nothing will be impossible for you."  

  • How does this verse apply to your life?

  • Could you physically fly if you had enough faith?  Why or why not?

  • What are examples of ways a person’s faith can help them “fly”?

  • Where does God want you to stretch your faith and “fly” this week?

1 comment:

  1. Thanks I think we ALL need to allow God to stretch us.... We just need to hear his requests and use our faith to make the stretch happen.... Thanks I've heard this alot lately... Think Gods telling me it's time to stretch.