Clips and Lessons – Spider-Man and Bullying
The Amazing Spider Man
“ Jesus and bullies”
Topic for Conversation: Youth will discuss bullying and how to respond to it. They will also talk about Jesus’ teachings in the Sermon on the Mount and how they apply to Peter’s life as well as their own.
Age group/intended group for discussion: High School
Time frame: 45 minutes
Film (Title, year, director, availability – sources and formats): The Amazing Spider Man, 2012, Marc Webb DVD, Blue Ray, Netflix DVD
Scene(s) to use: Chapter 1: 4:10-7:00
Description of scene(s): In this scene we are introduced to Peter Parker who is not the most popular kid at school. He is bullied by a guy named Flash and feels like an outcast.
How to set up clip viewing: The Amazing Spiderman is about Peter Parker and his transformation into a super hero. Before he becomes Spiderman he is just an ordinary high school youth with normal problems.
Questions to ask group before watching clip:
1. How is Peter a hero in this scene?
2. Is this how real life is? Why or why not?
3. What can we learn from Peter?
View the clip: Chapter 1: 4:10-7:00
Theological conversation after viewing:
1. Ask youth to respond to the questions you asked before watching the clip.
2. Read Matthew 5: 38-42 as a group.
3. How does Jesus tell the people to respond to evil?
4. How are his words hard to follow in high school?
5. Does Jesus sound like a wimp? Why or why not?
6. Split youth into smaller groups of 3-4. Make sure each group has a Bible/pen/paper. Tell youth to write down some modern examples of how these verses could look in their school.
7. Let the groups share with everyone.
8. How does bullying look at your school?
9. What are some ways in which you can respond to bullying?
10. How can these verses in Matthew guide you?
Close the session:
Gather in a circle and close in this prayer:
“God, life is hard. We are surrounded by those who put others down by bullying, gossip, and by just being mean. Give us the strength to stand up to these injustices in our lives and let us be people of peace. AMEN.”