Ethos Education

Man of Steel: Leap of Faith

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Assembly Objective:

  • How can we make good decisions when we don’t know the future? The Bible teaches that God knows and will help us make good choices.

Film:

  • Man of Steel (Warner Bros, 2013, certificate 12). Click here to buy the DVD online.

Bible:

Supporting Values Education:

  • The values of Respect and Tolerance presuppose an understanding and appreciation of beliefs held by different people. This assembly helps pupils begin to think about faith which is important to a wide range of different religious believers.

OPENING ACTIVITY

TV Choice (sketch)

Download the TV Choice script pdf with this activity.

  • Arrange in advance for two actors to perform the sketch TV Choice.
  • After they have performed the sketch, explain that in today’s assembly you are going to be thinking about the way our choices in life can be so important.

This or that (interview)

  • Ask for a volunteer to answer a series of this or that questions. For each question they have to choose which of the two stated options they prefer.
    • Cinema or DVD
    • One Direction or Tinie Tempah
    • Maths or English
    • Burger or Pizza
    • Downton Abbey or Doctor Who
    • Sport or Music
    • Lose an arm or Lose a leg
    • I’m a Celebrity or Strictly
    • RomCom or Superhero film
    • Warm and hungry or Cold and full

FILM CLIP

  • Play the clip from Man of Steel (Warner Bros, 2013, certificate 12).
    • Start time: 1.04.17 (in chapter  7 of the DVD)
    • End time: 1.07.17
    • Clip length: 3 minutes
  • The clip starts with Clark (Henry Cavill) saying, ‘I don’t know where to start’. It ends with Clark walking out of the church building.
  • The clip shows Clark admitting to the local minister that he is the one the aliens are looking for, and discussing whether or not he should turn himself in. When Clark wonders whether he can trust either General Zod or the people of Earth, the minister tells him, ‘Sometimes you have to take a leap of faith first. The trust part comes later.’

TALK

Download the Choices Man of Steel Talk PowerPoint with this presentation.

Scripted Talk

  • [PowerPoint slide 1]
    • We all make innumerable decisions every day, so many that sometimes we don’t even realise we are making them. Do I go to talk to this friend or that friend? Do I take this seat on the bus or that one? Do I eat my chips first or my vegetables? Most of those decisions are fairly trivial, but we get to make a lot of important ones too.
    • The decisions we’ve been talking about are the kind of things we decide over and over again every day. Sometimes we’ll fall into a pattern and always take the same option, sometimes we’ll change things around from time to time. But what about the bigger decisions, the ones that we get to make once and then have to live with for a long time afterwards?
    • Here’s a clip of someone facing a momentous one-time-only decision.
    • It’s from the film Man of Steel. Superman has been followed to Earth by General Zod, a scheming soldier from his home planet of Krypton. Zod has threatened to start doing terrible things to Earth if Kal-El (as he knows Superman) doesn’t give himself up. Clark Kent – also known as Superman – has to decide what to do. In this scene he is talking to the local minister about his dilemma.
    • Play the clip from Man of Steel:
      • Start time: 1.04.17 (in chapter 7 of the DVD)
      • End time: 1.07.17
      • Clip length: 3 minutes
    • The clip starts with Clark (Henry Cavill) saying, ‘I don’t know where to start’. It ends with Clark walking out of the church building.
    • If you are unable to play the clip, say, ‘When Clark admits that he doesn’t know whether to trust General Zod, he adds that he isn’t sure he can trust the people of Earth. As he gets up to leave, the minister tells him, “Sometimes you have to take a leap of faith first. The trust part comes later”.’
  • [PowerPoint slide 2]
    • Whether we like it or not, a lot of our major decisions come down to a leap of faith. We’ve got no way of knowing whether we’re going to make the right choice or the wrong one. For all of us, some things come down to a leap of faith, a choice made without full knowledge of the facts. When you’re choosing which career to pursue, you’ve no way of knowing whether the company you’re going to work for is going to flourish and grow, or struggle in the years to come. You’ve no way of knowing whether that entire industry is going to flourish or become obsolete. You have to take a leap of faith, even though the outcome is beyond your control.
  • [PowerPoint slide 3]
    • The prophet Jeremiah in the Old Testament had a different point of view. He would agree with us that the outcome of our decisions is beyond our control:
    • I know, Lord, that our lives are not our own. We are not able to plan our own course. Jeremiah 10:23 New Living Translation.
    • Jeremiah knew that we aren’t able to plan our own course through life, but he also recognised that someone else was. This is from a few chapters later in the book of Jeremiah:
  • [PowerPoint slide 4]
    • ‘For I know the plans I have for you,’ says the Lord. ‘They are plans for good and not for disaster, to give you a future and a hope. In those days when you pray, I will listen. If you look for me wholeheartedly, you will find me.’ Jeremiah 29:11-13 New Living Translation.
    • We may not be able to plan with certainty for our future, but Jeremiah believed that God does. Not that that saves us from having to make up our mind without knowing precisely how things are going to turn out, but it does offer the reassurance that someone somewhere is keeping an eye on things and making sure that in the end we’ll be all right.
    • Of course, that’s only going to be a comfort to you if you actually believe in God in the first place, but that’s a whole other leap of faith for you to decide on.

Headings and Bullets

Download the Choices Man of Steel Talk PowerPoint with this presentation.

  • [PowerPoint slide 1]
    • We make lots of decisions every day.
      • Do I talk to this friend or that one?
      • This seat on bus or that one?
      • Eat chips first or vegetables?
    • Most of our decisions are trivial, but some are more important.
    • Some decisions we make regularly, others are one-offs that we have to live with afterwards.
    • Introduce clip: someone facing a momentous one-time-only decision.
      • From Man of Steel.
      • Superman has been followed to Earth by General Zod.
      • Zod demands Superman surrenders to him to save the Earth.
      • Clark Kent – Superman – talks to local church minister about his dilemma.
    • Play the clip:
      • Start time: 1.04.17 (in chapter 7 of the DVD)
      • End time: 1.07.17
      • Clip length: 3 minutes
    • The clip starts with Clark (Henry Cavill) saying, ‘I don’t know where to start’. It ends with Clark walking out of the church building.
  • [PowerPoint slide 2]
    • A lot of our major decisions come down to a leap of faith.
      • No way of knowing whether we’re making the right or wrong choice.
      • Some choices have to be made without all the facts.
      • The outcome is beyond our control.
  • [PowerPoint slide 3]
    • Different perspective from Old Testament prophet Jeremiah:
    • I know, Lord, that our lives are not our own. We are not able to plan our own course. Jeremiah 10:23 New Living Translation.
    • Jeremiah:
      • Knew that outcomes were beyond our control.
      • Also knew someone else could plan our course through life.
  • [PowerPoint slide 4]
    • For I know the plans I have for you,’ says the Lord. ‘They are plans for good and not for disaster, to give you a future and a hope. In those days when you pray, I will listen. If you look for me wholeheartedly, you will find me.’ Jeremiah 29:11-13 New Living Translation.
    • We may not be able to know our future, but Jeremiah believed God does.
      • We still have to make up our minds without knowing for sure.
      • We can be reassured that someone is watching out and making sure we’re all right in the end.
      • That’s only a comfort if you actually believe in God: a whole other leap of faith for you to decide on.

RESPOND

Prayer

  • Dear God, thank you that you know our paths and our decisions, and that you can guide us to make wise choices. Help us to trust you with our futures. Amen.

Reflection

  • Do you find it easy to make decisions? How can you tell which decisions in life are going to be the important ones? Have you ever made what you thought was a minor decision that proved to have huge consequences for your life?

YOU WILL NEED:

  1. Man of Steel (Warner Bros, 2013, certificate 12). Click here to buy the DVD online.
  2. TV Choice script pdf.
  3. Choices Man of Steel Talk PowerPoint.

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