Heroes of Scripture 

 and Screen 

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One of our mottoes is that every moment is a God moment.  We hope to help equip people to see God not just in brief moments during their week but in every bit of life that surrounds them.  That includes our favorite movies!!!  

We have put together a (growing) collection of brief Bible Studies based upon popular movies.  The study compares a heroic figure or group in scripture with a heroic figure our group from the film.  That's why the collection is called "Heroes of Scripture and Screen."  The studies also focus on a specific theme.  

Two Ways to Use Heroes of Scripture and Screen

Each study is intended to facilitate a 10-20 minute conversation.

  1. Take turns answering the questions. Each guide includes five key questions.  One question asks about your favorite part of the movie.  One question is related to the theme's connection to scripture.   One question is related to the theme and scripture's connection to the movie.  One question is about a specific scene in the movie.  One bonus question is fun and maybe a bit silly.  The questions are generally aimed at the High School grade level but can be adapted to younger youth and kids.  

  2. Debate the Venn Diagram and make your own.  Each guide includes a Venn Diagram that compares and contrasts the Bible hero(es) to the movie hero(es).  Talk about whether you agree or disagree with our choices and make your own diagram based on your opinions.

We recommend creating a schedule of "family movie nights" that encourages families to watch a movie and to do its Bible study together weekly or monthly.  You can also add a virtual discussion session for your youth to debate the movies and their questions with each other and with you!

Recommended for October

Deborah and Mulan

Theme: Humility

Scripture: Judges 4:2-9

Movie Rating: G

Author: Dan Jacob 

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The Road to Emmaus and The Wizard of Oz

Theme: Brains, Heart, and Courage 

Scripture: Luke 24:13-27

Movie Rating: PG

Author: Dan Jacob

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Shadrach, Meshach, and Abednego and Hocus Pocus

Theme: Faithfulness

Scripture: Daniel 3: 1, 3-5, 8-9, 12-14, 16-19, 21, 24-25, 28

Movie Rating: PG

Author: Dan Jacob

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Recommended for November

King David and Coco

Theme: Unexpected Calling

Scripture: 1 Samuel 16:6-13

Movie Rating: PG

Author: Angie Storer

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Elijah and

Shrek

Theme: The Truth Is Revealed

Scripture: 1 Kings 18: 1 2, 17 18, 20, 26, 30, 33, 35 36, 38 39, 40

Movie Rating: G

Author: Dan Jacob

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Joseph and

The Greatest Showman

Theme: Belonging 

Scripture: Genes is 37:1, 9 11, 17, 19 20, 28; 42: 5 7 ; 45:4 5, 7

Movie Rating: PG

Author: Dan Jacob

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Recommended for december

Mary, Joseph, and Harry Potter and the Sorcerer's Stone

Theme: Family Love

Scripture: Luke 1: 30-32, 38, 46-48, 51-55

Movie Rating: PG

Author: Dan Jacob

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Peter and Elf

Theme: Belief

Scripture: Matthew 14:22-33

Movie Rating: PG

Author: Abby Glass

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Jonah and How 

the Grinch Stole Christmas

Theme: Transformative Love

Scripture: Jonah 3:1-4:3

Movie Rating: Not Rated

Author: Katie Jacob

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recommended for January

John the Baptizer and The Lion King

Theme: New Life

Scripture: Matthew 3:1-11, 13, 16-17

Movie Rating: G

Author: Dan Jacob

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Creation and

The Lego Movie

Theme: Your Creator

Scripture: Genesis 1:26-31

Movie Rating: PG

Author: Dan Jacob

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Esther and

Star Wars:

A New Hope

Theme: Hope

Scripture: Esther 4:10-16, 8:4-8, 17

Movie Rating: PG

Author: Dan Jacob

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recommended for anytime

recommended for February

The Apostles

and Remember the Titans

Theme: Courage

Scripture: Acts 15:6-11

Movie Rating: PG

Author: Dan Jacob

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John and Spiderman: Into the Spider-Verse

Theme: Calling

Scripture: Matthew 4:19-25

Movie Rating: PG

Author: Dan Jacob

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Other Women and Hidden Figures

Theme: Transformative Love

Scripture: Mark 15:39-41, 43, 46-47; 16:1-2, 4-7, 8-11

Movie Rating: PG

Author: Dan Jacob

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recommended for March

Young Jesus and Finding Nemo

Theme: Courage

Scripture: Acts 15:6-11

Movie Rating: PG

Author: Dan Jacob

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Abraham and Avengers: EndGame

Theme: People Worth Fighting For

Scripture: Genesis 18:20-21, 23-24, 26-32 NRSV

Movie Rating: PG-13

Author: Dan Jacob

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Moses and Raiders of the Lost Ark

Theme: God's Presence

Scripture: Exodus 3:1-8

Movie Rating: PG

Author: Dan Jacob

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recommended for April

Jesus and E.T. the Extra Terrestrial

Theme: Healing and Hope

Scripture: Mark 16:9-12, 15-19

Movie Rating: PG

Author: Dan Jacob

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Samuel and Moana

Theme: Faith

Scripture: 1 Samuel 3:1-10

Movie Rating: PG

Author: Dan Jacob

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The Ark and Pirates of the Caribbean

Theme: Home

Scripture: Genesis 6-9

Movie Rating: PG-13

Author: Dan Jacob

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