Feature Presentation is a ONEchapel series where we will be looking closer at the movies. Many times in a sermon we talk about the Bible and apply it to culture, but now we will look at ideas from culture through the lens of scripture. What does the Bible have to say about themes dealing with emotions, destiny, mentorship, and good and evil? How does exploring the themes in these four movies help us understand our own faith better? In our series, we'll be watching four different films:
Indiana Jones and the Last Crusade
Sunday, November 15
Indiana Jones, famed adventurer and archaeologist acquires a diary that holds clues and a map with no names to find the mysterious Holy Grail--which was sent from his father, Dr. Henry Jones, in Italy. After retrieving Dr. Henry Jones in Nazi territory, the rescue mission turns into a race to find the Holy Grail before the Nazis do- who plan to use it for complete world domination for their super-race. With the diary as a vital key and the map with no names as a guide, Indiana Jones once again finds himself in another death defying adventure of pure excitement.
While watching this film, we will dig into deep and meaningful ideas about dealing with our own parents, our mentors, and what it means for us to ultimately take a leap of faith.
sunday, November 22
Growing up can be a bumpy road, and it's no exception for Riley, who is uprooted from her Midwest life when her father starts a new job in San Francisco. Like all of us, Riley is guided by her emotions - Joy, Fear, Anger, Disgust and Sadness. The emotions live in Headquarters, the control center inside Riley's mind, where they help advise her through everyday life. As Riley and her emotions struggle to adjust to a new life in San Francisco, turmoil ensues in Headquarters. Although Joy, Riley's main and most important emotion, tries to keep things positive, the emotions conflict on how best to navigate a new city, house and school.
In this series we will come face to face with our emotions. We have them...but what do we do with them? Can we show our emotions? Is that scriptural? A kids film is going to unmask some pretty critical ideas for us as people of faith and followers of Jesus.
sunday, November 29
Luke Skywalker joins forces with a Jedi Knight, a cocky pilot, a wookiee and two droids to save the universe from the Empire's world-destroying battle-station, while also attempting to rescue Princess Leia from the evil Darth Vader.
Like the rest of the galaxy, we're getting ready for Episode VII at ONEchapel. But even if you've never seen one the original trilogy, there is a lot to glean from Star Wars, The Empire Strikes Back, and The Return of The Jedi about light and dark, about sin and the key to redemption for us all…
It's A Wonderful Life
sunday, December 6
George Bailey has spent his entire life giving of himself to the people of Bedford Falls. He has always longed to travel but never had the opportunity in order to prevent rich skinflint Mr. Potter from taking over the entire town. All that prevents him from doing so is George's modest building and loan company, which was founded by his generous father. But on Christmas Eve, George's Uncle Billy loses the business's $8,000. George realizes that he will be held responsible and sent to jail and the company will collapse, finally allowing Potter to take over the town. Thinking that wife, their young children, and others he loves will be better off with him dead, he contemplates suicide. But the prayers of his loved ones result in a gentle angel named Clarence coming to earth to help George…
This description says it all. We will watch this film as we wrestle with big questions like: What do we when a dream dies? Would the world be better off without us? Does God see us when we feel hopeless?