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Summary: Awesome message on the Hunger Games.

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Audience

Junior High/ Middle School, High School, Young Adult

Topics

Sacrifice, Redemption

Key Scripture

2 Corinthians 5:21

The Point

Jesus was our Katniss

Materials

Youtube video, Dodgeballs

Components

Message

Preparation

Download Hunger Games trailer from youtube

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=4S9a5V9ODuY

Download Fan Video from youtube

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=iS4I_1y0OJM

(I use www.zamzar.com)

Ideas for the Sermon

Play your own version of The Hunger Games. Depending on the size of your group set up different districts and put them in different corners of the room. Then put dodge balls directly in the middle of the room, say “Go”, and let the blood bath begin. (Figuratively I hope)

In this message we will be looking at lessons from the hottest thing going right now, The Hunger Games. Let’s start out by watching the trailer to this awesome movie.

Show trailer

Start out by giving this synopsis of the movie in your own words.

In Suzanne Collins’ riveting tale of life in North America after its destruction, a powerful Capitol emerges as residents of its twelve outlying Districts individually struggle to survive under its bleak rule. Living under the constant reminder that the Capitol obliterated District 13 when the people incited a rebellion decades before, 16-year old Katniss Everdeen quietly carves out a path of meager survival for herself, her younger sister, Prim, and their widowed mother under the Capitol’s strict regime.

Each year, the Capitol assembles its Gamemakers to create an elaborate arena filled with deadly trigger points and calls upon one girl and one boy from each of the twelve Districts to play in its nationally televised Hunger Games. On the Day of Reaping when 24 children are selected to fight to the death, Katniss is whisked away from her daily quest for survival alongside her friend Gale, and thrust into the elaborate Capital as she is prepared for the Hunger Games.

In this world of instant gratification and superficial people, Katniss contends with her drunken, disengaged mentor, Haymitch, and wrestles with her feelings about her co-Tribute from District 12, Peeta Mellark. Growing up apart from Peeta in the same District, Katniss struggles to determine if Peeta is the boy who once showed her an act of kindness pivotal to her family’s survival, or if his actions are motivated to keep himself alive, as the Capital will allow only one Tribute to survive the Hunger Games’ treacherous arena.

In the days to come, Katniss must fend for her survival against the natural elements and the vicious Careers, who are Tributes who’ve trained for the Hunger Games their entire lives. Katniss meets a young Tribute whose likeness to Prim tears at her heartstrings and she continues to process what Peeta’s motives could be as the end draws near. Should she kill these two or be killed? If Katniss wins, her family will be handsomely taken care of and her District will receive the additional food it so desperately needs to survive.


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