Today’s post is from the Sharing God’s Story with Disney’s Frozen bible study.
This movie based bible study uses Disney’s Frozen and therefore contains spoilers.
Be sure to check out our Frozen page for more ways to share God’s story with Disney’s Frozen.
Almost everything Anna does, she does in community.
Early in Disney’s Frozen, Anna has her family. When her parents die, she still has Elsa, for a while. She longs for the gates to open so she can join the community outside her castle walls. She also had the company of Kristoff and Sven while she was searching for Elsa.
Anna loves community.
The same is true for Kristoff. Not only does he have Sven, but he also has the trolls.
Elsa, on the other hand, has no one.
She hides from Anna and eventually runs away. She leaves her kingdom, where she should be queen, to set up her own lonely kingdom. Instead of community, Elsa pursues solitude.
We are made for community.
The triune God – the Father, the Son and the Holy Spirit – live in community. Before there was anything, before Genesis 1:1, there was God and there was community.
God told Adam that it is not good for man to be alone (Genesis 2:18). We are created for community.
The Bible assumes that we will live in community.
And let us take thought of how to spur one another on to love and good works, not abandoning our own meetings, as some are in the habit of doing, but encouraging each other, and even more so because you see the day drawing near. (Hebrews 10:24-25)
We cannot spur one another on to love and good works if we are not with one another.
We cannot encourage each other if we are not with each other.
So confess your sins to one another and pray for one another so that you may be healed. The prayer of a righteous person has great effectiveness. (James 5:16)
We cannot confess our sins to one another if we are not with one another.
Carry one another’s burdens, and in this way you will fulfill the law of Christ. (Galatians 6:2)
We cannot carry one another’s burdens if we are not with one another.
Rejoice with those who rejoice, weep with those who weep. (Romans 12:15)
We cannot rejoice with those who rejoice or weep with those who weep if we are not with those who are rejoicing and weeping.
Treat others in the same way that you would want them to treat you. (Luke 6:31)
Back to the Golden Rule – We cannot treat others the way we want to be treated if we are not with others.
God – and the Bible – assume that we are in community.
Are you currently in community?
If not, do you miss community?
Do you avoid community?
If so, why do you avoid community?
One who has isolated himself seeks his own desires; he rejects all sound judgment. (Proverbs 18:1)
Do you isolate yourself? If so why?
Are you hiding something?
Remember, you cannot hide your actions (sins) from God. He sees everything. He knows everything. And he still loves you.
I would encourage you to find a good Christian/Church community if you are not already in one. You were made for community. You need to be in community.
If you are already a part of a good Christian/Church community, seek out someone who is not. Invite someone to join you in your faith community. Find an outsider on the fringe of your faith community and help them become a real part of it.
Live life with others.
More than likely you are in some sort of community. For some of us, it is related to our favorite sports team or collage alma mater, a favorite movie or TV show (I’m looking at you Trekkies!), a favorite band, etc. Everyone, to some degree, is in community. The community we need, however, is more than just like interests. We need a faith community. These other communities are great, but they should never replace our faith community.
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Simon L Smith