Summer Sermon Series: Jesus Goes Hollywood

Movies and television (not to mention all forms of entertainment) have a profound influence in our lives. The images and narratives we see influence our identity, spirituality, and the values that guide our decision making.  This can be both positive and negative, depending on our point of view, maturity, and choices.

The stories we see in movies and TV present life dilemmas that cause us to think and ponder how we might respond in similar circumstances.  Most movies are not biblically or spiritually based; however, most movies present a dilemma that can be considered from a faith-based point of view.  Movies of all kinds include themes and sub-themes that if we intentionally ponder, we find ourselves thinking about  life, relationships, and the challenges we face.

Over the next 8 weeks, we’ll be considering a variety of different themes discovered in movies and then think about what the Bible has to say.

What does our faith teach us when we are faced with challenges regarding our identity, interactions with others (namely family members), God’s plan, freedom, privileged lives, and sacrificial love… just to name a few. The film clips that we view as part of each sermon are not part of faith-based films but through each clip, we’ll consider how the narratives might form our faith stories.

 

June 7
In Search of an Identity
1 Peter 2:9-17
Movie:  Bourne Identity
When we find our true identity in Jesus Christ, everything about our life changes.

June 14
MAYDAY
Hebrews 4:14-16
Movie: Gravity
Through Jesus Christ, God has thrown us a lifeline.

June 21
Father’s Day
When I Talk about Fishing
Ephesians 6:4; Colossians 3:20-21
Movie: Cloudy With a Chance of Meatballs
It’s not always easy to tell our kids how much we love them and explain what that love means.

June 28
Is There a Plan?
Ephesians 1:9-14
Movie: Unbroken
It’s human to wonder if God has some master plan.

July 5
There is Freedom
2 Corinthians 3:16-18; Galatians 5
Movie: Patriot
What does it mean to live as a people who are free?

July 12
Those to Whom Much is Given
Luke 12:48 (41-48 MSG)
Movie: McFarland USA
What does it mean to live a privileged life?

July 19
Sacrificial Love
1 John 3:16-18
Frozen
There is no greater sacrifice, no greater act of love, than to give yourself for another person.

July 26
Eventually, All Flows into One
1 Corinthians 12:12-13, 26
Movie: A River Runs Through It
No matter how far we wander from the path,
no matter how hard we try to break the bond,
we are all connected.