These days the Bible has become a popular source for inspiration for movie makers. Hollywood has realized that there is much money to be made in telling the stories of the Bible. Christian film makers have realized the powerful potential of high quality movies that tell the Bible. For Hollywood the goal is making money and they care little for accuracy or theology. For Christian film makers the goals are much different. Recently I had the opportunity to review one of these films my a Christian film maker, The Gospel of John. You can learn more about this HERE. This film is the first in a series designed to cover the life of Jesus as found the the four Gospels. This one specifically covers the book of John.
A unique approach.
This film takes an approach unlike any I have seen before. This one actually works through the gospel directly. A narrator reads the gospel while actors play out the scenes in the background. I have read these passages many times, but it is truly amazing how SEEING the scenes acted out while the narrator reads the passages brings life to them in a new and exciting way. Seeing John baptizing and telling others of Jesus. Seeing Jesus baptized by John. Seeing Jesus turn over tables in the temple court. Seeing Nicodemus’ late night meeting with Jesus. There is power in SEEING.
About the Word.
As mentioned above Bible based films produced by Hollywood are usually about making money and are often filled with inaccuracies and even bad theology. This is no surprise since the producers of such movies are hardly Bible scholars, theologians, or even believers. Even with Bible based films produced by Christian producers there are freedoms taken for the sake of entertainment or to help the story flow. THIS MOVIE IS DIFFERENT. This movie is a reading of the scriptures, with the images playing in the background portraying what is being read. It is not simply about entertainment or about the flow of the story. Rather it is first about the scriptures.
A powerful tool.
As a children’s minister and a father I filter everything I read or watch through a couple of filters:
- Are they safe for MY kids?
- Would I recommend them to the families I minister to?
- How can this be used to help me reach and teach children?
Because this film is a reading of the Scripture with the movie showing in the background, acting out what is being read I can see this as a powerful tool for ministry to all ages. Pieces of this film could be used when teaching specific parts of the book of John. Or, the film could be showed in its entirety to teach the entire book.
This film comes out soon on Netflix. My recommendation, WATCH IT. Also watch the ones covering the other gospels as they become available. Watch it by yourself. Watch it with your family. Watch it with the children in your ministry. It is definitely worth your time.