Clips and Lessons – “Greatness” and Despicable Me
“I am the greatest”
Topic for Conversation: Who is the greatest? Gru thinks “greatness” is attributed to committing the crime of the century. Jesus gives us a glimpse of what true greatness is.
Age group/intended group for discussion: High School or Middle School Youth
Time frame: 45 minutes
Film (Title, year, director, availability – sources and formats): Despicable Me. 2010, Chris Renaud
DVD, Blue Ray, Netflix DVD
Scene(s) to use: Chapter 3: “Crime of the Century” 6:32- 12:04
Description of scene(s): In this scene Gru hears of Vector’s crime and seeks to ‘one up’ him by stealing the moon. He gloats over past accomplishments and lays out his goal to steal the moon.
How to set up clip viewing: Gru is a super villain who is no longer the most powerful thanks to a newcomer named Vector. Gru seeks to regain his power by committing the crime of the century!
Questions to ask group and discuss before watching clip:
1. What are some things that are important to Gru?
2. Why is he so excited to steal the moon?
3. What does he think this will accomplish?
View the clip: Chapter 3: “Crime of the Century” 6:32- 12:04
Theological conversation after viewing:
1. Read Luke 22:24-30 as a group.
2. What does Jesus say are requirements for being great? (verse 26 if they get stumped)
3. How are these things great?
4. What would Jesus say to Gru?
5. What makes someone great according to the world’s standards? (write them on a poster board or something where all can see)
6. Do you agree with those things?
7. What makes someone great according to Jesus?
8. Do you agree with those things?
9. Define “greatness” as a group
10. Say this to the group: “In this story Jesus flips the world’s standard of greatness on its head. Instead of being an adult who has experience as a leader, Jesus says those that are young and servants are great. This must have really shook the disciples because they had something different in mind”
11. Split into two groups. Tell each group to come up with a list of 5 people the world considers great. Then make another list of 5 people they think God considers great. As a large group discuss what the differences are.
Close the session: Gather in a circle, put your thumbs to the right so one hand is above and one below your neighbor. You are now being supported and supporting someone. Close in this prayer:
“God of true greatness, make us humble. Help us to see the world says to be great you must be powerful and rich, while you say we must serve others with love. Give us the courage to believe these things and the strength to attempt to live that way. AMEN.”