Chariots of Fire is a compelling tale of two athletes who run for Great Britain in the 1924 Olympics in Paris. Both seek a gold medal, but each has his own motives. Harold Abrahams is a Jew and Cambridge man who strives to overcome anti-Semitism by proving his worth. Eric Liddell is a Scottish Christian bound for China as a missionary, but he also wants to glorify God by using his God-given speed to the best of his ability.
This study guide will help you discuss some of the major themes of Chariots of Fire. How can people glorify God by using their abilities? How does God honor those who honor him? How does the movie convey the metaphor of faith as a race?
• Movie Summary
• Discussing the Scenes *Bonus Material: DVD Scenes to Watch*
–Glorifying God With Your Abilities
(Romans 12:1–8; 1 Corinthians 10:31; Colossians 3:17)
–God Honors Those Who Honor Him
(1 Samuel 2:30; Matthew 10:32–33; Luke 9:23–24; 1 Peter 1:3–9)
–Faith Is Like Running a Race
(John 13:34, 14:23; 1 John 3:16; Hebrews 12:1–12; 1 Corinthians 9:24–27)
• As the Credits Roll
Chariots of Fire (Warner Bros., 1981), rated PG.
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