TODAY’S SIGNATURE VERSE ••• …Christ also suffered once for sins, the righteous for the unrighteous, that he might bring us to God, being put to death in the flesh but made alive in the spirit…” (1 Peter 3:18 ESV)
PRAISE & PRAYER PROMPT ••• Yesterday was my day to teach Sunday School but I decided not to teach. Instead, I downloaded a movie from YouTube for our class to watch. It’s called “The Shepherd” and it’s the pilot of a TV series that’s called “The Chosen,” produced and directed by Dallas Jenkins. I’m going to put the link at the end of this because I hope you’ll watch it. It’s about 23 minutes long.
After I got home from church and after a rare, but much-needed nap, I watched another part of this series. I’ve seen Dallas Jenkins’ films before and know he’s an extremely gifted film producer. And I love that he has a heart for Jesus and is committed to using his talents to glorify God.
Why is it important for us to see these kinds of Christian movies? After all, the majority of the decades since Jesus’ earthly ministry haven’t included film. (Nerd Alert/Rabbit Hole: The first moving picture was successfully made in 1878 and the first official movie in 1888. So filmmaking isn’t even 150 years old yet.)
It puts three-dimensions on these people whose names we read in the Bible. We’re able to see them as real people who experienced life and challenges just as we do. There are full of real emotions—real fears, real discouragement, real hurt, real sadness, but then… there’s Jesus. Through these people’s circumstances and stories, we can meet Jesus and see His compassion give them hope. We see the Bible come to life as these actors portray the people of the Bible and watch their faith restored and lives change! The same as He still does for us.
But at the same time, we have to be cautious. As you probably already know, I’m extremely picky about whose books I read. Similarly, I think we need to be extremely picky about what we watch. For example, the 2014 film “Noah” was directed and written by Darren Aronofsky who is not a Christian and who told The New Yorker magazine that “Noah” is “the least biblical biblical film ever made” (Reference – “The New Yorker,” March 10, 2014).
With that said, there are some great Christian resources for Christian films. I love PureFlix.com. I’ve also enjoyed films done through Living Waters ministries and VidAngel is the platform for Jenkins’ series, “The Chosen.” And I’ve never gotten too old for VeggieTales.
Christian films remind us of the truth… the truth that “…Christ also suffered once for sins, the righteous for the unrighteous, that he might bring us to God, being put to death in the flesh but made alive in the spirit” (1 Peter 3:18 ESV). Used as a complement to personal Bible study, Christian films can truly enrich our faith.
Today, as you pray, thank God for the resources we have to learn more about Jesus. Ask the Holy Spirit to help you choose your resources wisely. Ask His blessings on ministries who use the art of film to bring a richer knowledge and understanding to others and who use their craft to share the Gospel with others.
LINK TO THE SHEPHERD/THE CHOSEN: https://youtu.be/lVt14Ug-GOs