At the Movies: Aladdin – Discussion Guide

Getting Started

Main Idea:
It’s not what is happening on the outside, but what is happening on the inside that matters.

Discussion Starter:
Have you ever felt trapped? Perhaps by a job you dreaded going to every morning or a class you felt wasn’t worthwhile. Maybe you were trapped in a relationship, or an illness or disability kept you from achieving your desires and finding peace. Share with your group how this experience and feeling trapped affected you.

Introduction:
Watch this brief intro together with your group (click picture below):

This week Faith Promise continues in At the Movies with Disney’s Aladdin. Aladdin and Jasmine both feel trapped in their circumstances, while Genie is physically trapped in his lamp. Disney capitalized on a feeling common to the human condition: God put in us an innate desire for the perfection He created in the Garden of Eden, and as humans we often believe the lie that if we can just achieve the right circumstances then that perfection will be ours again. God has a better life in store for us, but the way to this new life is through placing our faith within on our Creator above, rather than a change of circumstances on the outside.


Encounter God

Primary Scriptures: 1 Samuel 16:7, Mark 5:25-43

Discussion Questions:
1. Aladdin wishes for the Genie to make him a prince, but ultimately this doesn’t make him happy because it is not who he truly is. Read 1 Samuel 16:7. How have you been deceived by the appearances of others or deceived yourself based on outward appearances or circumstances? What steps can we take to stay grounded in God’s truth about who we are?

2. When have you treated God like a genie in a bottle? Maybe you prayed to get out of a speeding ticket or to do well on a test for which you didn’t study. What does real faith ask for, hope for, and believe in?

3. Read Mark 5:25-43. This woman pursued healing for years and from different doctors. However, when in the presence of Jesus, she had faith that if she could just touch him, she would be healed. How has God’s presence changed your life?

Discovery Bible Method:
For deeper study, as an alternative to the questions above, read Mark 5:21-43 and use the Discovery Bible Method to explore the passage.


Embrace Others

Suggestion: Consider breaking the group into dyads or triads for this section.

Do you identify more with the woman in Mark 5 approaching Jesus without wanting to be seen, or do you identify with the father who begs for help at Jesus’ feet? Why? Is one approach better than the other?

What circumstances have you been treating as a trap? Could God be working within and preparing you for something through these external circumstances?


Engage the World Around Us

Engaging at Faith Promise: Where are you serving in ministry at Faith Promise? Have you tried serving and found that you didn’t fit in that area (like Aladdin in prince’s clothing)? Try again! Commit as a group to go through the new Next Steps together.

Engaging in Community: Where will your group serve this fall in the community? Visit https://faithpromise.org/love-local to find local ministry opportunities where you can serve as a group or individually.

Engaging the World: Visit https://faithpromise.org/missions to see ministry opportunities a bit farther from home. Some mission trips are as close as Kentucky, while others are are far away as South Africa! If you are not interested in going on a mission trip, consider supporting those who do go both financially and in prayer.


Expand God’s Kingdom

At the Movies continues next week with Jumanji. Bring a friend to experience God’s real love using faith and film!


Leader’s Notes

1. Emphasize the reading of God’s Word to see who God says that we are. Are your group members participating in the yearly Bible reading plan, or some other Bible reading plan? Consider having group members hold each other accountable for staying grounded in God’s Word. Also, you may discuss spiritual mentors.

2. This question may be too direct to ask out loud of your group members, but this is the meat of the discussion that might follow question 2: Do our actions or prayers suggest an underlying belief that God exists to fulfill all of our desires? Discuss why this belief is false and how to combat the lie.

ALL groups at Faith Promise should follow Jesus Christ and lead others to do the same. Below are the marks of a growing follower and disciple of Jesus.

– A follower of Jesus desires to encounter God through the deeper study and application of God’s Word.

– A follower of Jesus embraces people and values relationships on a deeper level so everyone can grow together.

– A follower of Jesus engages and serves the world around them and in their community, through local partners or God-directed opportunities.

– A follower of Jesus expands God’s Kingdom through development and multiplication of disciple-makers, possibly to lead more groups at Faith Promise.

 

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