I recently went to watch Guardians of the Galaxy so before I share the 7 Biblical lessons – I need to mention this could be a SPOILER ALERT for those that haven’t yet seen the movie – so you have been warned!
I really enjoyed the movie – it does however have some swearing and couple of gestures in the movie – but overall it was a really cool movie full of humor and seriousness and creativity. Most-likely many in your youth ministry have already seen the movie – so this can be a great way to connect with them and bring out the God principles in the movie.
Please feel free to use this in your youth ministry and or tweak it so that it fits your group that you minister to:
1) Don’t try to handle everything by yourself.
In the movie there is this orb and in it contains a powerful stone, so powerful that many can not contain it’s power, but rather they end up exploding!
There are things in this life that are too big for us to handle and that’s why we need each other. We aren’t meant to do this thing called life by ourselves!
Proverbs 27:17: “Iron sharpens iron, and one man sharpens another.”
Ecc. 4:9-12: “Two are better than one, because they have a good reward for their toil. For if they fall, one will lift up his fellow. But woe to him who is alone when he falls and has not another to lift him up! Again, if two lie together, they keep warm, but how can one keep warm alone? And though a man might prevail against one who is alone, two will withstand him—a threefold cord is not quickly broken.”
Don’t become a lone ranger! We need each other to help face life’s battles so find others to help you in life and in turn help them as well!
2) Love never fails.
Groot is the tall tree-like character in the movie and he only says, “I am Groot.” – except at the end of the movie when he says, “We are Groot” as he is covering up the rest of the Guardians of the Galaxy to prevent them from dying.
Groot shows his self-sacrificing love for his fellow team-mates. He lays down his life for his friends. This already sounds like Christ doesn’t it?!
John 15:13: “13 The greatest way to show love for friends is to die for them.”
How sacrificial is your love? Are you willing to lay down your life for your friends?
3) Being angry for the wrong reasons never works.
Quote from Drax: “All the anger, all the rage, was just to cover my loss.”
Ever been really angry? Like Hulkish angry? I know that I have, but the Bible has something to help us out with this anger (There are several verses – think God cares?) Smile
Ephesians 4:26-27: “Be angry and do not sin; do not let the sun go down on your anger, and give no opportunity to the devil.”
James 1:19-20: “Know this, my beloved brothers: let every person be quick to hear, slow to speak, slow to anger; for the anger of man does not produce the righteousness of God.”
Proverbs 29:11: “A fool gives full vent to his spirit, but a wise man quietly holds it back.”
James 1:20: “For the anger of man does not produce the righteousness of God.”
The lesson in this is to get your anger under control. It won’t really solve the problem, but rather it could end up leading to many more problems so do what it takes to bring it under submission.
4) Ignorance is bliss, but not really – it’s just ignorance.
In the movie Rocket Raccoon is easily stereo-typed as a dumb rodent. However, everything that you observe about Rocket Raccoon – you quickly understand that he is extremely intelligent.
You may have heard it said that ignorance is bliss, but it’s not really. Ignorance is a lack of understanding which leads to a lot of misunderstandings and misunderstanding lead to friction and or fighting.
Proverbs 18:2 “A fool takes no pleasure in understanding, but only in expressing his opinion.”
Hosea 4:6 “my people are destroyed from lack of knowledge….”
Don’t be so quick to judge another person that is different from you because of the way they look, but rather get to know them so that you know who they are and what they can really bring to the family.
5) Differences shouldn’t prevent you from working together.
Each character in the movie is different from the others. They all have own personality along with what they want to see happen in their lives, however, they were forced to become United under one goal – which was to save the galaxy from power-hungry Ronan.
Instead of trying to get others to become like you, try embracing each other’s giftedness to accomplish a higher goal.
I Cor. 12:14-26 “14 For the body does not consist of one member but of many. 15 If the foot should say, “Because I am not a hand, I do not belong to the body,” that would not make it any less a part of the body. 16 And if the ear should say, “Because I am not an eye, I do not belong to the body,” that would not make it any less a part of the body. 17 If the whole body were an eye, where would be the sense of hearing? If the whole body were an ear, where would be the sense of smell? 18 But as it is, God arranged the members in the body, each one of them, as he chose. 19 If all were a single member, where would the body be? 20 As it is, there are many parts,[e] yet one body.
21 The eye cannot say to the hand, “I have no need of you,” nor again the head to the feet, “I have no need of you.” 22 On the contrary, the parts of the body that seem to be weaker are indispensable, 23 and on those parts of the body that we think less honorable we bestow the greater honor, and our unpresentable parts are treated with greater modesty, 24 which our more presentable parts do not require. But God has so composed the body, giving greater honor to the part that lacked it, 25 that there may be no division in the body, but that the members may have the same care for one another. 26 If one member suffers, all suffer together; if one member is honored, all rejoice together.”
I’ve heard it where a preacher asks everyone in the room to yell out their name and of course it sounds very jarbled up. Then the preacher asks everyone to say: Jesus and it’s clear and powerful.
Focus on the higher common goal together and you will do great things!
6) Never underestimate the power of music and dance!
At the beginning of the movie, Peter Quill (Star Lord) after landing on a deserted planet – places on his headphones and pushes play on his 1980’s genre of music from his cassette player and basically dances his way through the darkness and threatening creatures to get the orb.
At the end of the movie, Peter begins dancing and because of his dance moves – he distracts Ronan and they save the Galaxy!
Psalm 149:3 “ Praise his name by dancing and playing music on harps and tambourines. The picture we gather here is that it is good to celebrate! Give God the glory by praising and dancing for him and distract the darkness!
Let everything that has breath praise the Lord! Give people the reason behind your dance!
7) Say a lot with few words.
“I Am Groot” Groot – a walking tree in the film – only says, “I am Groot” except for at the end of the film where he says, “We are Groot” as he wraps himself around the rest of the Guardians of the Galaxy to keep them from dying (like #2).
You don’t have to say a lot to mean a lot! His message is clear and to the point and nobody denies his love for the mission at hand.
Proverbs 17:27 says, “27 A truly wise person uses few words; a person with understanding is even-tempered.”
Sometimes fewer words are better – take action instead.