Scripture: Galatians 5:16-25
16 So I say, walk by the Spirit, and you will not gratify the desires of the flesh. 17 For the flesh desires what is contrary to the Spirit, and the Spirit what is contrary to the flesh. They are in conflict with each other, so that you are not to do whatever[a] you want. 18 But if you are led by the Spirit, you are not under the law.
19 The acts of the flesh are obvious: sexual immorality, impurity and debauchery; 20 idolatry and witchcraft; hatred, discord, jealousy, fits of rage, selfish ambition, dissensions, factions 21 and envy; drunkenness, orgies, and the like. I warn you, as I did before, that those who live like this will not inherit the kingdom of God.
22 But the fruit of the Spirit is love, joy, peace, forbearance, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, 23 gentleness and self-control. Against such things there is no law. 24 Those who belong to Christ Jesus have crucified the flesh with its passions and desires. 25 Since we live by the Spirit, let us keep in step with the Spirit.
Main Point: As Christians we should be filled with the Holy Spirit, and having that Spirit should directly influence and direct our actions. When this happens it is evidence by spiritual fruit being present in our lives.
Learning Game: Robot Teens (30 minutes)
Supplies: Index cards, cheat sheets, small balls suitable for throwing, hula hoops.
This game is inspired by the board game Robo Rally. The group will divide into pairs, with each paring being a team. Each team will have a pilot and a robot. The goal is to get the robot to step through a series of hoops on the ground. The first team to do this will win.
To accomplish this the pilot will be programming the robot. Each round is made up of a series of three steps. The pilot will write down on a note card what they want the robot to do on each of the three steps. Once all of the robots have their program, then all of the robots will then execute these movements. The steps are carried out simultaneously, so all robots do step one at the same time.
The programmed orders given to the robot must be specific and come from this list. It will be important to go over this with the group before the game begins:
Straight: Take three steps forward.
Left: Pivoting on the left foot, turn 90 degrees to the left and take one step forward.
Right: Pivoting on the right foot, turn 90 degrees to the right and take one step forward
Attack ____: The attack action must always specify the target. Throw a ball at the target.
Reload: Do not move but get back a ball to throw.
Pause: Do nothing for this step
If a robot is hit with a ball, then they will have to skip the next two steps. When throwing the balls, the robot may not step and their feet must stay planted. The robots may dodge but their feet cannot move. If two robots roll into each other, then flip a coin. On heads then treat it like being hit by a ball. On tails then the robot is bumped and rotates 90 in the opposite direction bumped. The first team to get their robot through all of the hoops wins.
Post Game Discussion(5 minutes)
1. For the pilots was programming the movements harder than you thought or not?
2. For the robots was it frustrating to have someone else control your movement or did you trust them?
3. How well did the robots do at following the programming? What caused them to deviate?
Facilitator Instruction: The idea here is to get the students to really begin thinking about how the programming worked in this game so they are in a good spot to process and understand the programming illustration that will be made with the clip as related to the scripture.
Discussion Starter: Big Hero 6 (5 minutes)
If necessary explain what has happened in the movie up to this point. The biggest thing to potentially clarify is that Tadashi is Hiro’s older brother. He is the person who created Baymax and he died in an accident. Then show the “Tadashi is here” clip. If using the DVD it is the scene labeled “Putting it all together.”
Biblical Discussion (30 minutes)
Use the following questions to prompt discussion:
1. How did Baymax’s programming make him who he is? How did that programming manifest itself?
Facilitator Instruction: Baymax was programmed by Tadashi to help people, and that driving idea is what made him who he is. When Baymax says “Tadashi is here” it is more than just recordings. Tadashi is what makes Baymax be Baymax. The values of Tadashi to help people manifest itself through Baymax’s actions. The word manifest is important here, because it is the word most used to describe the fruit of the Spirit. It is important to make sure students are familiar with the meaning of the word.
Read Galatians 5:16-26
2. Looking over the lists of the acts of the flesh and the fruits of the Spirit, how are they different?
Facilitator Instruction: The easy answer is to say one is bad and the other is bad, but there is a deeper difference. The acts of the flesh are all selfish. They all stem from wanting to put ourselves first, gain some sort of advantage or indulge in some sort of carnal pleasure. In the end all of the activities only benefit the person doing it and the benefit is short term and fleeting. In contrast the fruit of the spirit tend to be others focused. The fruit of the Spirit are known through how they are experienced by other people. While, there is clearly personal benefit from being kind the immediate beneficiary are the people we show kindness towards. The benefits are also long term and compounding.
3. What leads to the fruit of the Spirit being present in our lives?
Facilitator Instruction: This is where the scripture connects back to the clip. Tadashi being here in Baymax is what made him the healer and caregiver he is. In the same, it is the Holy Spirit that causes the fruit to manifest. Just having the Spirit should lead to fruit. Much like programming, the fruit of the Spirit is something that should just happen because the Holy Spirit has made it one of our core processes. Thus, we become loving, gentle, self-controlled, etc. because that is a fundamental part of who we are now wired and programmed to be.
4. How does one get the Holy Spirit in their lives?
Facilitator Instruction: While the answer may be basic Christianity 101, this is an important question. When we accept Jesus as our Lord and Savior, confess our sins, and earnestly repent desiring to live a changed lifethen we believe we are filled with the Holy Spirit. This is promised by Jesus himself and strongly supported by scripture. In many faith traditions the role of the Holy Spirit is often downplayed or not explicitly stated so this might lead the students to ask questions. Those questions should be encouraged and given full consideration.
5. If Christians are filled with the Spirit, then why are there still struggles with the acts of the flesh?
Facilitator Instruction: The scripture itself says they are in conflict with each other. This could relate back to the game, especially if there were robot players who did not always follow the programmed instructions very well. The reason why this might have happened is because the robot player did not trust the pilot or they thought they could do it better. This also connects to the clip. The reason why Hiro wants to remove the chip in the first place is because he wants a destruction protocol he installed to override the medic programming. Sin is a corrupting force in our lives. To go with the programming analogy it works like a virus that subverts the leading of the Spirit and gets us to think we know better. That corrupted programming keeps us self-focused instead of focused on loving God and loving others.
6. How do we stay in step with the Spirit and be filled with spiritual fruit?
Facilitator Instruction: This again can connect back to the clip. As the movie goes on Baymax becomes better at giving care because he gains experience. In the same way we get better at staying in step with the Spirit and being filled with spiritual fruit by doing it. If we want to be more kind then we have to practice being kind. The fact that it is called fruit helps here, because just like a gardener is intentional in the process of cultivating their produce we can be intentional in our actions to cultivate the fruit of the Spirit. This point naturally leads to the final question.
7. How can we cultivate the fruit of the Spirit in our lives? What fruit should you be cultivating?
Facilitator Instruction: It is essential that the facilitators give this question prayerful consideration. They should be able to share examples of how to do this cultivation. They should also set the example by stating what fruit of the spirit they need to cultivate in their lives, and how they plan to do that.