Main Point of Discussion: God calls us to be willing to sacrifice our lives on a daily basis.
The Movie Clip: Armageddon is a global destruction film about a ‘planet killer’ asteroid that’s on a collision course with earth. In response, the government puts together two teams of astronauts to land on the asteroid, drill a hole, and blow it up from the inside using a nuclear bomb. At the end of the film, the remote detonator for the bomb malfunctions, so someone has to stay behind and blow it up manually. Ben Affleck’s character is chosen, but Bruce Willis’ character overpowers Affleck, sends him to safety, and gives his life to save the earth and the love of his daughter’s life.
Introducing the Clip:
Today I want to show you a clip from the movie Armageddon. This is the end of the movie, and Ben Affleck has been chosen to sacrifice his life by manually setting off a bomb that will destroy an asteroid hurtling towards earth. As we watch the clip, put yourself in his place and try to imagine if you would react the same way.
The clip can be found at this link: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=qXj4Edr0ig0
On the DVD, begin the clip at 2:50 and end at 9:50.
What an amazing example of someone who was not only willing to go and save the planet, but even willing to give his life in the process. In today’s society, sacrificial people are harder and harder to find, but as Christians we need to think about what it means to be like Christ.
Divide into Small Groups:
Let’s go ahead and split up into our discussion groups, and then afterward we’ll come back together for a final word.
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- AROUND THE CIRCLE: Before we begin, tell everyone your name whether or not you think the earth could ever get blasted by a ‘planet killer’ asteroid.
- ASK A FEW: Would you have been willing to draw straws? Why or why not?
- ASK A FEW: How would you feel if you drew the short straw? Would you actually follow through?
- ASK A FEW: Why do you think Bruce Willis was willing to trade places with Affleck?
- ASK A FEW: How would you feel if you were Affleck? What would you say to Willis?
Read the following passage:
John 15:12-17 (NLT)
This is my commandment: Love each other in the same way I have loved you. There is no greater love than to lay down one’s life for one’s friends. You are my friends if you do what I command. I no longer call you slaves, because a master doesn’t confide in his slaves. Now you are my friends, since I have told you everything the Father told me. You didn’t choose me. I chose you. I appointed you to go and produce lasting fruit, so that the Father will give you whatever you ask for, using my name. This is my command: Love each other.
When Jesus taught this command to His disciples, He had not yet given His life on the cross. But a short time later they witnessed the greatest act of sacrifice the universe had or ever will see. And because of that, the disciples went out and changed the world because of what Jesus did for them. Not only that, they even gave their lives in serving Christ and gave an example of what true love means. I want to give us an opportunity to lay down our lives for Jesus so He can use this group to change our world.
Hang up a large poster board with the words “He died for me…I’ll live for Him” at the top, then give students an opportunity to sign their name on the board. Hang up the signed board and tell students that you’ll leave it up as a reminder for us to lay down our lives for Jesus and each other every day.
Close in Prayer
Written by Lane Palmer
Jonathan McKee is the author of over twenty books including the brand new The Bullying Breakthrough; The Teen’s Guide to Social Media & Mobile Devices; If I Had a Parenting Do Over; and the Amazon Best Seller - The Guy's Guide to God, Girls and the Phone in Your Pocket. He speaks to parents and leaders worldwide, all while providing free resources for youth workers on TheSource4YM.com. Jonathan, his wife Lori, and their three kids live in California.