At The Movies – Part 4: Making A Difference Through Valuing Others

At The Movies – Part 4: Making A Difference Through Valuing Others

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Making A Difference Through Valuing Others
At The Movies – Part 4
July 10-11, 2021
Kyle Hammond

  • I Make A Difference When I Value Others.

“…for you are all one in Christ Jesus.” Galatians 3:28 (p.892)

  1. I see others as Jesus sees them.

“For we are God’s masterpiece. He created us anew in Christ Jesus, so we can do the good things he planned for us long ago.” Ephesians 2:10 (p.896)

“God has given each of you a gift from his great variety of spiritual gifts. Use them well to serve one another.” 1 Peter 4:10 (p.936)

  1. I love others because Jesus loved me first.

“This is real love—not that we loved God, but that he loved us and sent his Son as a sacrifice to take away our sins.” 1 John 4:10 (p.943)

Series Key Verse: “Dear friends, since God loved us that much, we surely ought to love each other.” 1 John 4:11 (p.943)

My Next Step This Week:

___ I will reach out to someone this week and show them how much I value them.

Discussion/Groups Guide from the Weekend TalkFrom the Weekend Talk of July 10-11, 2021
At The Movies, Part 4:
Making A Difference Through Valuing Others

Use this guide to discuss the Weekend Talk with your family or friends.

When Lif­e Groups are in session they use questions like these to go deeper into what we talked about on the weekend. Find out more about Groups (in person and online) at Our Fall Groups Semester begins the week of August 22.

Conversation Starters

  • Rank actors who have played Batman and rank those who have played the Joker.
  • Batman, aka the Dark Knight, always has all the gear, the Bat Mobile, the utility belt, the anti-shark spray, etc., so he can deal with any situation.
    • What do we have as Christians?
      • What is in YOUR “utility belt”?
  • Batman always tries to go it alone. Even in this movie, when Robyn wants to help, Batman tries to leave him behind.  We can act like this as Followers of Jesus when we try to go it alone. Why is that?
  • In this and several other Batman movies, Batman doesn’t realize—until towards the end of the film—that he is part of a team. Have there been times where you have behaved like this either at church, work, or in your family?

Qui­­ck Review
Looking back at your Talk Notes, was there anything you heard in the service that stood out, challenged, or maybe even confused you?

Discussion Starters from the Weekend Talk

Refer to the Talk Notes and related Bible verses from this Weekend’s Talk Notes.

The key spiritual principle that Kyle Hammond, our Alive Kids Director, emphasized this week is:

  • I make a difference when I value others.
    • Read Galatians 3:26-29 (p.892))
    • What difference should Jesus make in our lives with regards to how we view other people?
    • Why is it sometimes difficult to value and care about other people?

Kyle encouraged us to lean into two basic truths that will make a huge difference in how we treat other people:

  1. I see others as Jesus sees them.
    • Read Ephesians 2:8-10 (p.896).
      • We feel hurt when we are overlooked and yet we can overlook people. We can easily take people for granted: our family, our colleagues, and our brothers and sisters in Christ, if we are not careful. We can become too critical, even church.
        • Maybe you notice someone at church who doesn’t greet you warmly. Rather than feeling slighted or critical, perhaps we need to realize that maybe she had things going on in her life that were burdening her. It doesn’t hurt to give her a big smile and ask, ”Can I pray for you? Anything in particular?” 
        • Jesus said “Hypocrite! First get rid of the log in your own eye; then you will see well enough to deal with the speck in your friend’s eye.”  Matthew 7:5 (p738) 
      • We need to spend more time building people up.
    • Read 1 Peter 4:10 (p.936).
      • Remember what Paul said in 1 Corinthians 12 (p.877) about each person being given a gift to build up the church and how we can get it wrong: If the foot says, “I am not a part of the body because I am not a hand,” that does not make it any less a part of the body.” (1 Corinthians 12:15 (p877))  We are all important.
      • Going back to the film, Batman could not go out crime-fighting if Alfred had not made his meals!  In the same way we need the greeters and the ushers and the sound and tech team and the clean-up crew—we need everybody!
        • It is not all about being at the front preaching or leading worship (pray for these guys as it is a heavy burden they carry.)  
      • Multiple prayer warriors are active every week online, in the back of the auditorium, on Monday afternoons, and anytime as needed! We can all pray but some people have a real gift for prayer. We all have different gifts, when we accept that we are giving a real blow to our enemy!
  2. I love others because Jesus loved me first.
    • Read 1 John 4:7-11 (p.942).
      • Sacrificial love is something perhaps parents can relate to. Our Father God does, he gave “his one and only Son, so that everyone who believes in him will not perish but have eternal life.” (John 3:16 (p.811)
        • However, we need to be sacrificial with our love to our brothers and sisters in the church.  We are a family which is better than a team. Families help and support each other and don’t leave when it gets tough or when they are offered a better deal elsewhere. They are in it for eternity.  
      • Jesus said: “Wherever your treasure is, there the desires of your heart will also be.” (Matthew 6:21 (p.737)) 
        • Our hearts need to be full of love and service towards each other because as we are serving each other we are serving Christ. Putting others before our own needs and desires is living as Christ did. (John 13:4-5 (p.822)).

My Next Step This Week:

_______ I will use one of my unique qualities to make a difference in someone’s life this week.

Use the link on the app or go to your Connection Card at to indicate you are taking this Next Step so that we can pray for you.

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