At the recent Care Net Conference in October, Mary Margaret Gibson moderated an exciting breakout session on evangelism. Three Executive Directors from across the nation shared how evangelism is a top priority in their centers. We would like to thank Sylvia Johnson, Kim Nixon and Nancy Lathrop for bringing their wisdom and insight to our panel discussion that day.
During this discussion, a question was raised about using DVDs or movies on the life of Christ to help share the gospel. We recognize there are times when a client might be willing to watch a video or two as part of the incentive program you have and you could augment that video about Jesus with a gospel presentation.
Below is a list of resources and recommendations we have put together to help support you in this area. The first three are movies and the last two are the May I Ask You A Question?/ Bad News, Good News in DVD format.
We hope these ideas help you expand the great work you are doing!
1. Here is the link for the streaming version of the Jesus film, available in many languages, so you would even have it for those folks whose first language is not English: http://www.jesusfilm.org/film-and-media/watch-the-film It would be possible to have both the Jesus film and the Children’s Film available on demand.
2. TBN’s movie, The Revolutionary, www.TBN.org is very good. A clip for this and MANY others is available at this You Tube site a veritable hub for Jesus-related films, clips and sources: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=TAekTRzw-BE This is a great collection of short subjects. So easy to make these available wherever you do your incentive programs, etc. This is the link to the first section of The Revolutionary: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=JQpyvJD8T7A&feature=related which starts with the Christmas story and is the Life and Teachings of Jesus.
3. The Gospel of John, a full length film – here’s a review:
July 19, 2005 (LOS ANGELES) The Trinity Broadcasting Network (TBN) is rolling out the proverbial red carpet as “THE GOSPEL OF JOHN” will be shown in its entirety with no commercial interruptions on the world’s largest religious network on Friday, July 22 at 7:00 pm and again on Saturday, July 23 at 2:00 pm (PST). Paul Crouch Jr., Vice President of Administration and frequent host of the popular TBN program “Behind the Scenes,” officially announced that the network has secured the exclusive rights to broadcast the world premier of “THE GOSPEL OF JOHN,” the story of Jesus Christ’s life as told by the apostle John and narrated by internationally acclaimed Canadian actor, Christopher Plummer, a veteran of over 80 motion pictures. Plummer, no stranger to the genre of Biblical cinema, says he welcomed the opportunity to participate in the word-for-word version of “THE GOSPEL OF JOHN” as the film’s narrator. According to Plummer, he was absolutely riveted to the story in the film. “For many, it’s part of their childhood, yet for the first time it seemed totally fresh and new to me,” he says. “The world premier of “THE GOSPEL OF JOHN” on TBN is a clear example of this network’s ever increasing commitment to broadcast thought-provoking venues that impact people from all walks of life in a positive and uplifting manner, while engaging their mind as well as their spirit,” reports Crouch, the eldest son of TBN founders Paul and Jan Crouch.
4. Here’s our recommendation for how to use movies:
– Show the movie
– Add one of the following two You Tube evangelism videos from Evantell to the movie presentation. Feel free to use these separately, of course, and put them wherever they are useful to your ministry:
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=nUe9ZgADBNQ This is May I Ask You a Question? And it is exactly as you present it so you can hand out a tract to someone and watch this together at any time. Then you can follow up with the last part of the tract and discuss it, hopefully leading to a decision to trust Christ!
Overcoming the Tyranny of the Urgent http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=9hwDy8i5U8k also from EvanTell. This is a longer (7 min) video with rationale and the Bad News/Good News in it. We have had very good reviews of this one and it can be used as a stand-alone presentation or as part of a discussion – for example at a Parents Class or Pre-Natal class with a chance to talk with a counselor afterward to go over the tract or another of the booklets you have from SMSC