The Greatest Showman

Recently my son put The Greatest Showman into the DVD player in our van so as we travel around town I have been listening to it again. As I have been I am once again struck by how well the songs in it lead in to some really cool Bible truths for teenagers.

I wanted to once again push my The Greatest Showman Bible study. It is just $5 for a 4 week Bible study that uses songs from The Greatest Showman as a jumping off point for a Bible study about identity, longing, and forgiveness. Your students will love it!

Contents:

  • Week Bible Study PDF
  • Title Graphic
  • Full Page Graphic
  • Background Graphic
  • Black and White Header Graphic
  • Student Handout for Each Lesson

Week 1: Come Alive

  • Song: Come Alive
  • Bible Passage: John 10:10
  • Overview: This Bible study looks at the idea that Jesus promises us not just eternal life in heaven, but abundant life that starts right now. It uses the cheesy acrostic of ZOMBIE to demonstrate what it looks like when Christians don’t live that abundant life and offers 3 observations on what the abundant life really is.

Week 2: Never Enough

  • Song: Greatest Show & Never Enough
  • Bible Passage: Acts 17:24–28
  • Overview: The crux of this whole movie is this song “Never Enough.” In the movie Barnum realizes that what actually is enough for him is his family. In our Bible study we are going to examine what it means to find your “enough” in Christ. No matter how much stuff we fill our life with it will never be enough until we turn to God.

Week 3: Show Your Scars

  • Bible Passage: John 20:19-29
  • Song: This is Me
  • Overview: “This is Me” quickly became the anthem of this movie. While I think that “Never Enough” is really the theme of the movie this song is a great one to use for teenagers and adults alike to talk about being who you are and showing your true self scars and all.

Week 4: Home Again

  • Song: From Now On
  • Bible Passage: Ecclesiastes 1:12–2:11; Luke 15:11–32
  • Overview: Honestly this wasn’t one of my original planned studies, but my students were enjoying the study so much I added one more week. In the end this is a nice way to wrap up the study with a focus on realizing that running from God leads to pain and that God is waiting to welcome you
  • back home again
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