The Avengers Body of Christ Discussion Guide

Yet another blockbuster movie has been able to get your students to skip the youth fundraiser and spend their $15 on a ticket.  Of course the main reason you were upset about it was because you were stuck at the church doing yet another fundraiser instead of being where everyone else wanted to be this weekend: The Avengers.  I won’t spend a lot of time making this into a review.  So, I will review the move in one made-up word: Incredibleawesometacular.

Now that my bias is clear, here’s a list of questions to get students thinking and talking about the movie:

Fun Creative Exercise:

Ask students in the group to think about themselves and decide what some of their strengths and weaknesses are.  Then tell them you want them to exaggerate those strengths and weakness and come up with their own super-hero persona.  Name, Logo, whatever they can think of but the most important part is their main 1-3 super powers and their main weakness.  Take a moment to allow them to share with the group.

Openers:

  1. What was your favorite part of the movie?
  2. What was the funniest line in the movie?
  3. Where did you see God or Christianity reflected in the movie?

The Super-hero theme:

  1. What is it about super heroes that makes people get excited?
  2. What need does that point to inside us as humans?
  3. What about villains?  What is it about them being so incredibly evil that makes these movies so good?

This group of super-heroes/villian:

  1. Every super hero has a strength and weakness.  What are they for each of the avengers?
  2. How do their strengths and weaknesses support each other?  Where do you see that happen in the movie?
  3. Think about their personalities.  Do you think their personalities help each of them or hurt them?
  4. How do their different personalities compliment each other?  Where do you see that happen in the movie?
  5. What do you think motivated Loki to attack earth?

Avengers Scripture:

  1. Read Romans 12:3-8
  2. How can the difference in strengths and weaknesses in The Avengers help us understand this scripture?
  3. If the body of christ were a super-hero group, what do you think Paul would say is the key to it being effective?
  4. What is one thing you can do over the next week to be more supportive of/connected to the Body of Christ?
Jeremy Steele has been working in youth ministry for the past fifteen years and now serves as the Next Generation Minister  at Christ United Methodist Church in Mobile, AL.  He writes for Group Magazine, RETHINK Church and various publications and organizations.  You can find a link to all the places he contributes on his website at  JeremyWords.com.

2 comments

  1. Doris Lilley Grazulis

    Jeremy, this was a great article and exercise! I like bringing the current “big thing” for youth into Youth Time Discussion, this brings the reality of Christian beliefs into kids everyday thinking. I am also interested in looking thru Loki’s eyes and how others treat and react to villains in everyday life. Here’s a good quote to consider…
    I choose love. No occasion justifies hatred; no injustice warrants bitterness, I choose love. Today I will love God and what God loves.—Max Lucado
    This idea I am finding is extremely alien to youth, but very worth discussing within all types of Christian groups from the “come once or twice a year” to the ” devoting their lives daily” youth of today. All seem to be shocked that God loves the villains of today, large and small, and that loving enemies really can exist.

  2. Jeremy,
    I am joyful that you took the intiative and posted your movie thought expression on the web. It is so important in what you do in finding new ways to lead our youth to the reality of Christ. We certainly know that there are many distractions to lead their young minds in a worldly direction. Paul was generous enough in using this same theme from Romans to carry over to 1 Corinthians 12:4-22.
    Paul in 1 Cor 9:19-23, futher states in recruitment manual-“Though I am free and belong to no man, I make myself a slave to everyone, to win as many as possible. 20To the Jews I became like a Jew, to win the Jews. To those under the law I became like one under the law (though I myself am not under the law), so as to win those under the law. 21To those not having the law I became like one not having the law (though I am not free from God’s law but am under Christ’s law), so as to win those not having the law. 22To the weak I became weak, to win the weak. I have become all things to all men so that by all possible means I might save some. 23I do all this for the sake of the gospel, that I may share in its blessings”.
    Since this is your labor of love, it would be fun to hear some of your student more insightful comments to the questions you had proposed to them. We had also just finished with the” Avengers” last week and we are moving on to “Brave” this weekend with a similiar type of lesson.

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