"Asbury at the Movies" Sermon Series 2018 • July 8 - July 29

“Asbury at the Movies” is a fun summer series where we show movie clips from popular current films of this past year along with a message that connects the popular movies with scripture. You probably don’t usually look to movies for life lessons, but take our word for it—join us, sit back, relax, and hear a different perspective on how popular films can point us toward the gospel. We’re looking forward to seeing you “at the movies” July 8 through July 29 as we dive into some of Hollywood’s recent hits to unpack spiritual truths for our lives.

July 8: Wonder Woman // Matthew 25:34-40

Diana Prince (aka Wonder Woman) is raised by a tribe of Amazons whose mission is to fight on behalf of humanity. Specifically, the Amazons believe that Ares, the god of war, has ensnared humankind in endless conflict, and once Ares is defeated, an era of peace will reign. Diana takes on this mission after meeting Steve Trevor, an American soldier who’s been spying on the Germans on behalf of the British in World War I.  Join us as we discover how Diana’s calling is not that different from our calling as followers of Christ.

Sermon Notes and Daily Study Guide // Discussion Questions and Small Group Study Guide

July 15: The Greatest Showman // Matthew 9:10-13

The Greatest Showman is a musical film based on the life of Phineas Taylor Barnum, founder of the famous Barnum and Bailey circus. Phineas decides to pursue his dream of show business and recruits people who are on the margins of society. However, as the Barnum circus grows in popularity, P.T. Barnum starts to lose sight of his original dream. Join us as we discover how P.T. Barnum’s circus intersects with our calling as Jesus followers. 

Sermon Notes and Daily Study Guide // Discussion Questions and Small Group Study Guide

July 22: Wonder // I Corinthians 1:26-31

Wonder is the story of a young boy named August "Auggie" Pullman who has a rare medical facial deformity. Auggie’s medical condition leads to him being ostracized by almost all the students in his school. Auggie’s situation seems very unfair and unjust. There are times in all our lives when we experience the unexpected, and often the unfair - but what's your response? Join us as we learn lessons from Auggie on dealing with unfair circumstances and how his story intersects with the gospel story. 

Sermon Notes and Daily Study Guide // Discussion Questions and Small Group Study Guide

July 29: Moana // Joshua 1:1-6

Moana is the strong-willed daughter of a chief of a Polynesian village, who is chosen by the ocean itself to return the heart of a goddess and save her people, but in order to do that she will need to go beyond the reef. Like Moana, we've all been created with a purpose—but our destinies can only be realized when we risk going beyond the "reef." Sadly, we love our comfort zones and most lose sight of being called and chosen. Join us as we discover how to live into our life purpose and go beyond the reef.