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  • M o v i e C l i p B i b l e S t u d y

    Clip Summary and Set-up: Blood Diamond seeks to inform the viewer of the all potential atrocities that are happening as a result of the diamond craze in the western parts of the world. The movie is set in Sierra Leone which is shown to be a major diamond producer in Africa that is run over with guerilla warfare. The guerillas are

    looking for ways to overthrow their national government but cannot do it apart from weapons received from their corrupt diamond industry. So, the guerillas mine diamonds in exchange for weapon purchases from western markets and the weapons are manned by child armies. The scene can be set up by stating that the boy (Dia

    Vandy) has been stolen away from his family and childhood and the following clip is how the father (Solomon) reunites himself with his child after being taken hostage for some years. The boy has been brainwashed into a kiling machine and his father has to work through a very hostile interaction to try to redeem the lost relationship.

    Blood Diamond

    WORD: PRODIGAL PT. 1

    MOVIE: BLOOD DIAMOND, 2006

    CLIP: SCENE 24, (5:33), SEARCHING FOR DIA

    VERSE: LUKE 15:11-32

    DIAGRAM: TWO THIEVES

    BIBLICAL PARALLELS - P. 2 DIAGRAM - P. 3 DISCUSSION - P. 4

    PRODIGAL PT. 1Luke 15:11-32

  • Picking the Topic

    FInd a word that communicates the subject matter most concisely, clearly, and

    comprehensively. Think about the needs of your audience as you select your topic and make sure that your topic is biblically accurate and gospel-centered. The basics

    of Christianity are the most misunderstood, yet most precious topics and one should look to start here. Usually

    defining what a word is and what it is not is a good way to start and will give the audience a good reference point.

    KILL HIM, KILL HIM, KILL HIM ~DIA

    The MovieSet the Clip up with a movie context/summary and a lead in question. It is always helpful to fill people in where the scene falls in the stage of the movie (Only

    give them the details that are needed to get the point you are trying to make.) Also, give your audience a lead in question.

    This will tell them what to look for in the clip. Finally, look to make as many connections as you can from the clip with

    reality - this will provide your transition to the verse.

    Incorporating the BibleFind a Scripture that captures the truth you are looking to communicated clearly

    and accurately. Try to find one that contains the word that you are focusing on for the study. This is the ground for

    everything we are trying to communicate up until this point and we will build the discussion questions off of it.

    BIBLIC AL PARALLELS

    INTRODUCTION

    TOPIC: PRODIGAL

    DEFINE: RECKLESSLY EXTRAVAGANT

    EXAMPLE: WHAT IS THE COMMON PERCPETION OF A PRODIGAL?

    CLIP

    LEAD-IN QUESTION:

    WHAT IS DIAS REACTION TO HIS FATHER? WHY IS SOLOMON SO

    SURPRISED THAT HIS SON DOES NOT KNOW HIM?

    TRANSITION QUESTION:

    HOW DO THE TWO CHARACTERS (SOLOMON & DIA) IN THE MOVIE

    REPRESENT GOD AND HUMANITY IN REAL LIFE? MAKE SOME COMPARISONS.

    CONNECTIONS:

    DIA HAS DISREGARDED HIS FATHER AND IS SO BRAINWASHED HE CANNOT

    RECOGNIZE HIM AND WANTS HIM DEAD. HE WANTS NOTHING TO DO WITH

    HIS FATHER. HE HAS LEFT HIM.

    DIAS SCREAMS - HUMANITYS HOSTILITY TO GOD (ROM. 5:10)

    SOLOMON COMING FORTH - GOD PURSUING US EVEN IN OUR SIN

    (ROMANS 5:8) .

    SCRIPTURE

    " AND THE YOUNGER OF THEM SAID TO THIS FATHER, FATHER, GIVE ME

    THE SHARE OF THE PROPERTY THAT IS COMING TO ME. LUKE 15:12

    BUT HE WAS ANGRY AND REFUSED TO GO IN. LUKE 15:28

    BOTH SONS ENDED UP BEING PRODIGALS. BOTH LEFT, BUT ONLY ONE

    RETURNED. WHAT IS MORE LIKELY TO KEEP YOU FROM GOD: YOUR

    SIN OR YOUR GOOD WORKS?

  • Gospel (Resting) Love

    Irreleigious (Rebellion) Relativism

    Religious (Righteousness) Moralism

    DiagramsPREPARATION!1. HAVE A WHITE BOARD

    READY

    2. DRAW IT CLEARLY, LEGIBLY

    3. SPEAK AS YOU DRAW AND DRAW IT IN ORDER OF YOUR ARGUMENT.

    4. MAKE SURE THE AUDIENCE IS CLEAR ON HOW THE DIAGRAM ANSWERS THE QUESTION OR DESCRIBES THE TOPIC.

    5. ASK THEM TO IDENTIFY WITH ONE OF TWO SCENARIOS

    2 WAYS THAT ROB THE GOSPEL OF ITS POWER

    DIAGRAM

    Diagrams are often very helpful because most people are visual learners. Anytime you can find a picture to reinforce words or biblical truth it almost always clarifies, sharpens, and clears up misunderstandings. Pictures often speak a

    thousand words.

    Look for drawings or ideas that are simple but capture a lot of meaning. A good test of simplicity is its reproducibility. Could the audience replicate this after one try? They need not be exhaustive, but are used to campture one main point.

    Two ThievesThis diagram serves to answer the question, What are the two opponents of the gospel? First draw a line under the cross and ask your audience what are lifestyles that keep people from looking to a Savior. In other words, what are the two thieves

    (two ways of living) that rob or steal the gospel way from us (represented by two false crosses). One is simple: a sinful life. It can be characterized as an irreligious or rebellios lifestyle in which the person is concerned with only themselves and getting by on their own moral code. In their eyes they are not that bad. Postmodern reletavism

    is the authority for this world-view. The second way to live is a religious life. But this too is not a gospel-centered way to live. This person is concerend with meeting moral codes scripted from religous handbooks and deserves treatment from God based on

    their good acts. People usually fall out on one of two sides. Ask them which side they fall out on. Each side has a descriptor for identity label (actions) and authority.

    Just as Christ was crucified by two thieves, so this doctrine of Justification is ever crucified between opposite errors. ~ Tertullian

  • DISCUSSION ? STopic Prodigal Verse Luke 15:11-32

    Tertullian said, "Just as Christ was crucified between two thieves, so this doctrine of justification is ever crucified between two opposite errors." (Legalism = older brother; Liberalism = younger brother)

    1. Describe the differences/similarities in the sons?

    2. Which realization does the younger son make that leads him back home?

    3. What does the older son fail to realize that keeps him from coming home?

    4. How do both sons really leave their Father? Why do they leave Him?

    5. Which one do you identify with most? Why?

    Further study: Titus 3:3-7Topic Prodigal Verse Luke 15:11-32Tertullian said, "Just as Christ was crucified between two thieves, so this doctrine of justification is ever crucified between two opposite errors." (Legalism = older brother; Liberalism = younger brother)

    1. Describe the differences/similarities in the sons?

    2. Which realization does the younger son make that leads him back home?

    3. What does the older son fail to realize that keeps him from coming home?

    4. How do both sons really leave their Father? Why do they leave Him?

    5. Which one do you identify with most? Why?

    Further study: Titus 3:3-7Topic Prodigal Verse Luke 15:11-32Tertullian said, "Just as Christ was crucified between two thieves, so this doctrine of justification is ever crucified between two opposite errors." (Legalism = older brother; Liberalism = younger brother)

    1. Describe the differences/similarities in the sons?

    2. Which realization does the younger son make that leads him back home?

    3. What does the older son fail to realize that keeps him from coming home?

    4. How do both sons really leave their Father? Why do they leave Him?

    5. Which one do you identify with most? Why?

    Further study: Titus 3:3-7