Finding Nemo

One of the really geeky things I can do with my blog is discover how people got to it, looking at the Google searches that led to a youthblog encounter is fascinating. Late last night someone googled Looking for “Finding Nemo youth sermon series” and found me from my review of “Sharks Tale”
A whole Semon series on Nemo ….. now there’s a challenge! What about,
Crush.jpg
Breaking free of fear
The journey is important
Breaking free of the aquarium
Salvation is a leap of faith
We’re called to make a difference
(I’ll flesh it out a bit in the extended entry)
I love “Finding Nemo” I thought it was a fabulous film. It’s childlike but totally adult at the same time, its full of wonder, relationship and redemption but doesn’t shy away from the realities of life. Its uplifting but honest ….. did you notice how murky the water was once they were in the harbour? A great film.
But most of all I love the turtles. I think they’d be funny anyway but I was at Bible School with two Californian Surf dudes (Dusty and Ryan, where are you now?) and the turtles reminded me SO MUCH of them.
Blogworthy recollection: Dusty and Ryan belonged to an organisation, if memory serves me correctly, called the North Atlantic Christian Surf Federation and had with them some of their surfing “tracts!” One of them had a picture of Jesus on the front and he was, obviously, surfing (and clearly enjoying the experience). One of the more pious of our international student body said to Ryan,
“Isn’t that a little bit irreverant?”
Ryan looked at him (and here you’ll have to have the voice of Crush the turtle in your head) and said,
“He made the waves … dude!”


It’s a bit of a rush job, but as it started a chain of thought I thought I would fling out a few ideas! Please conside this a draft of an idea that use you might develop something from, not a completed process.
Breaking free of fear
Free holds us prisoner: fear of rejection, fear of being who we are, fear of failure. Use clip of Marlin afraid to do or let Nemo do anything. Look at Jesus offer of “Life to the Full” and Jesus teaching on Worry. Fear restricts being able to really live.
Luke 12:22-33 2Tim 1:7
The journey is important
The journey that Dory and Marlin take helps shape who they are and how they see the world. Explore Life as a journey and as a pilgrimage. Can we look at parts of our life/spiritual experiences where we have encountered God … where we have been aware he is wanting to know us?
Luk 19:10 The Son of Man came to look for and to save people who are lost.” Maybe the road to Emmaus … becoming aware of Jesus with them on the journey.
Breaking free of the aquarium
There is more to life that we immediately see, the material and materialistic stuff around us. It’s Gill that tells the fish from the aquarium and e-bay about the ocean … about the really real.
2 cor 4:4 … being blinded to the really real.
Salvation is a leap of faith
When Nigel the pelican asks them to jump into his beak so he can save them it’s not an easy option … it seems absurd. The risks seem to be too great. Faith is no easy step, it’s a surrendering.
1Co 1:18 The message about the cross doesn’t make any sense to lost people. But for those of us who are being saved, it is God’s power at work.
We’re called to make a difference
Nemo and Marlin have not been reunited long when they encounter the fishing boat and Nemo is involved in rescuing the shoal. It’s a risky job but Marlin recognises that its what Nemo must do … nd for him to be free to really live will involving making a difference.
Matt 28
Jam 1:27 Religion that pleases God the Father must be pure and spotless. You must help needy orphans and widows and not let this world make you evil.