Sunday, November 13, 2011

Faith and Disney: Monsters, Inc.

Define Loyal.  According to the dictionary it means "giving or showing firm and constant support or allegiance to a person or institution."  

Ask the youth to stand if they have ever been loyal to the following:
Ask youth to share how they have been loyal to each.

Start the clip at the beginning of chapter 24 (57:25) as a door is lowered.  End the clip near the end of chapter 24 (1:02:40) after Mike looks out the cave and blinks.

  • What spiritual elements did you see in this clip?
  • What was most powerful to you? Why?
  • What is Mike complaining about?
  • What is Sulley thinking about?
  • Why is Mike hurt by the response?
  • Do you think Sulley was trying to betray Mike?
  • Is Mike justified in telling Sulley he's on his own and saying "There's no we?"  Why?
  • Was Mike being loyal to Sulley?
  • How would you respond if you were in the situation?
Who can you think of in scripture that was betrayed?  Who was the betrayer?  
Who can share that story from scripture?

Read Matthew 26:14–16

14Then one of the Twelve—the one called Judas Iscariot—went to the chief priests 15and asked, "What are you willing to give me if I hand him over to you?" So they counted out for him thirty silver coins. 16From then on Judas watched for an opportunity to hand him over.
Matthew 26: 47–56
 47While he was still speaking, Judas, one of the Twelve, arrived. With him was a large crowd armed with swords and clubs, sent from the chief priests and the elders of the people. 48Now the betrayer had arranged a signal with them: "The one I kiss is the man; arrest him." 49Going at once to Jesus, Judas said, "Greetings, Rabbi!" and kissed him.
 50Jesus replied, "Friend, do what you came for."
   Then the men stepped forward, seized Jesus and arrested him. 51With that, one of Jesus' companions reached for his sword, drew it out and struck the servant of the high priest, cutting off his ear.
 52"Put your sword back in its place," Jesus said to him, "for all who draw the sword will die by the sword. 53Do you think I cannot call on my Father, and he will at once put at my disposal more than twelve legions of angels? 54But how then would the Scriptures be fulfilled that say it must happen in this way?"
 55At that time Jesus said to the crowd, "Am I leading a rebellion, that you have come out with swords and clubs to capture me? Every day I sat in the temple courts teaching, and you did not arrest me. 56But this has all taken place that the writings of the prophets might be fulfilled." Then all the disciples deserted him and fled.

  • What are the key elements in these passages?
  • Who betrayed Jesus?  What symbols does he use to point out Jesus?
  • What thoughts to you have about why he used that symbol?
  • Why did Judas betray Jesus?
  • What was Jesus' response?
  • How would things be different if Jesus responded the way Mike did?
  • Have you ever been betrayed?  What did you do about it?
  • Share an example of when someone was loyal to you.
  • Have you ever betrayed someone else?  What did you do about it?
  • In the past week, how have your words or actions betrayed Jesus?
  • What can you do about it today?  Next week?
  • In the past week, how have you shown your loyalty to Jesus?

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