Bourne Identity, The
PG-13, 2002, Universal
Main Point: We were made for greater things than we might have imagined.
This movie is about a man (Matt Damon) who wakes up to find two gunshots in his back and no memory at all. He soon learns that he is an elite government agent, and that the government no longer trusts him. It’s a great movie with lots of action, but there are a few swear words throughout the movie.
Clip: Why do I have these abilities?
This particular clip is right in the middle of a chapter, so we don’t have the luxury of easy cuing. But if you’ve got a counter, the time of the beginning of the scene is right around 33:48. The clip is only about a minute and a half long. The clip features Jason Bourne (Matt Damon) sitting across from his new comrade Marie. They are sitting in a diner, discussing Jason’s amnesia. He begins to inquire about the fact that he had a bank account number lodged in his hip at the beginning of the movie, which led to the discovery of a safe deposit box in his name, containing multiple passports, tons of cash, and a gun. He then inquires about his own behavior in the diner, marking that it is not normal behavior. You definitely feel his frustration, knowing that there is an identity there that he hasn’t discovered yet! The end of the scene is right around 35:12, right after his final question: “Now how could I know all that and not know who I am?”
- I’m not making this up. (
shows passports to Marie
- ). These are real.
JASON: Who has a safety deposit box full of money and six passports and a gun? Who has a bank account number in their hip? I come in here, and the first thing I’m doing is I’m catching the sight-lines and I’m looking for an exit.
MARIE: I see the exit sign too. I’m not worried. I mean, you were shot. People do all kinds of weird and amazing things when they’re scared.
JASON: I can tell you the license plate numbers of all six cars outside. I can tell you our waitress is left-handed and the guy sitting up at the counter weighs two hundred and fifteen pounds and knows how to handle himself. I know the best place to look for a gun is the cab of the gray truck outside. And at this altitude I can run flat-out for a half mile before my hands start shaking. Now why would I know that? How could I know that and not know who I am?
Wouldn’t that be frustrating to not know who you are? What if we all had a secret identity that we hadn’t yet figured out? I love this movie, because the whole movie is about a guy trying to figure out exactly who he is, and in the process of it, he gets to define who that person is. Perhaps life would be much more exciting for us if we had a secret identity, some special abilities that we don’t even know about. Let’s go through these questions, and deal with this new identity crisis.
Divide into Small Groups:
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- ASK A FEW: How amazing would that be, to discover that you have a secret identity that you hadn’t known about before? What would your response be?
- ASK A FEW: Would you believe it if someone said that you have an identity that is made to do great things?
For we are God’s workmanship, created in Christ Jesus to do good works, which God prepared in advance for us to do?
- ASK A FEW: What kinds of good works do you think God’s prepared for us to do? Don’t downplay this; think big!
- ASK A FEW: If you secretly had the ability to change the world in any way you could, how would you do it?
- ASK A FEW: How would you respond if you heard that God has chosen you specifically to change this world?
Read what Jesus says in John 14:12
I tell you the truth, anyone who has faith in me will do what I have been doing. He will do even greater things than these, because I am going to the Father.
- ASK A FEW: How does this verse make you feel about what God could do through your life?
- ASK A FEW: What are some of the things that Christ did when He was on Earth?
- ASK A FEW: What could we possibly do that could be greater than what Christ did?
- ASK A FEW: What would happen in this world if just a few Christians believed this verse?
- AROUND THE CIRCLE: Would you be willing to be used by God to do great things for Him?
It is such an amazing thing that God has created us for great things. The idea that because of our faith, God can use us to do greater things than Jesus did should be totally life-changing. We must realize that God has made us with a great purpose. We have a secret identity. Maybe it’s not the identity of a government agent, but it is completely amazing. God has created us to do great things. The question now is not, God, can you actually use me? The question for now is God, what are you calling me to? Are you going to believe what Jesus says, that you were created to do amazing things in the world, that you were put on this earth by God, not just to walk around and live a normal life, but to make history? It’s time to stand up and say, “God, use me. I’m ready to let you change the world through me.” If we simply believe these promises from God, all we have to do is be willing. Are you willing to accept your identity?
Written by Matt Furby
Jonathan McKee is the author of over twenty books including the brand new The Guy's Guide to FOUR BATTLES Every Young Man Must Face; 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.