1. FilmTalk Bible Study - Based on the Movie

    It's A Wonderful Life

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    What is the value of a single life?
    It's a Wonderful Life can stimulate discussions about the importance of prayer, the strategies evil uses to undermine good, the danger of anger, the nature of angels, and reevaluating our assessment of greatness.
    Film Synopsis: The Baileys have lived in Bedford Falls forever, but young adventurer George Bailey wants out. He dreams of being an explorer, a college grad, a world traveler, an architect of grand structures, anything that will get him out of "this crummy little town." He has ambitions that range far beyond the town's building and loan business run by his father.

    But circumstances conspire to keep George in Bedford Falls. When his father falls ill and then dies, he has to defer college to run the building and loan in his father's place. He allows his younger brother Harry to go to college first. When Harry returns home with a wife and the promise of a spectacular job, George can't bear to make his brother keep his promise to relieve George so he can go to college. Ultimately, George marries Mary, and begins a life filled with service and no small amount of struggle.

    The local banker, Mr. Potter, covets the building and loan so that it can be put out of business, giving him a monopoly in Bedford Falls. George's absent-minded uncle misplaces a bank deposit, Potter pounces, telling George that the building and loan is ruined, and that he and Billy will be going to prison. Despondent over the course of his life and in fear of what this latest fiasco will do to his family, George decides to commit suicide, thinking that his life insurance policy will at least keep his family afloat.

    As the prayers of concerned family and friends ascend to heaven, head angels Franklin and Joseph assign Clarence -- angel, second class -- to earth to rekindle George Bailey's hope. Clarence takes George on a tour of his world, Bedford Falls -- but in this world George has never been born, and the consequences are catastrophic. This new-found perspective is what is needed to help George to see that he really has a "wonderful life."
    Genre: Fantasy
    Rating: G
    Content Advisory: Though is unrated, today it would easily earn a G. The film does contain some violence, and a scene of heavy drinking.
    A FilmTalk Movie Bible Study examines five different spiritual, moral, or ethical issues from the movie. Each section of the Bible Study opens by posing questions about characters, scenes, or themes from the film. Next, students encounter relevant Bible passages, with each section ending with discussions about how God’s Word explains those issues and guides our thoughts and behavior.

    This FilmTalk Movie Bible Study comes complete with:
    Leader's Guide with preparation notes
    Student Study with plenty of room to write
    Leader's Prep page that has general study tips, a content advisory for the film, and a detailed synopsis of the film

    Warning – The Leader’s Prep Guide does include spoilers, so reference it after the film if you haven’t already seen it. Movie Bible Study recommends Study Leaders preview the film before selecting for study to make sure the material is age-appropriate for your group.

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