The Apostle Paul has been lauded as the most important early convert to following Christ and the first missionary to preach the gospel to non-Jewish people. But he has also been accused of making “Christianity the religion of Paul, not of Christ” by distinguished scholars such as Kierkegaard. Who is this man of controversy?
Just in time for Easter 2018, Sony Pictures’ film Paul, Apostle of Christ will shed light on who the Apostle Paul was–and what his role in the early church really was. (Release date is March 23, 2018.)
Why a movie about the Apostle Paul? Why now?
T.J. Berden, the producer of Paul, Apostle of Christ, explains, “Paul went from being the ISIS of his day to becoming the leader of a church community…I think the modern way of looking at people is that once you do something, that really defines your life. And I think Paul helps us show that no one is beyond God’s grace. That there’s always a second chance.”
What Is the Movie Paul, Apostle of Christ About?
The story takes place at the end of Paul’s life…he’s in prison in Rome. He’s alone and in the dark.
Paul, Apostle of Christ is the story of two men. Luke, as a friend and physician, risks his life every time he ventures into the city of Rome to visit Paul, who is held captive in Nero’s darkest, bleakest prison cell. Before Paul’s death sentence can be enacted, Luke resolves to write another book, one that details the beginnings of “The Way” and the birth of what will come to be known as the church. But Nero is determined to rid Rome of Christians, and does not flinch from executing them in the grisliest ways possible.
Bound in chains, Paul’s struggle is internal. He has survived so much—floggings, shipwreck, starvation, stoning, hunger and thirst, cold and exposure—yet as he waits for his appointment with death, he is haunted by the shadows of his past misdeeds. Alone in the dark, he wonders if he has been forgotten . . . and if he has the strength to finish well.
Two men struggle against a determined emperor and the frailties of the human spirit in order to bequeath the Gospel of Jesus Christ to the world. Paul and Luke together write the Book of Acts.
3 Strong Reasons to Encourage Your Church to See Paul, Apostle of Christ
No one is beyond God’s grace! There’s always a chance. For life change. For turning around. For coming to Christ.
That’s what captured producer David Zelon’s imagination for making Paul, Apostle of Christ. He says, “The notion that someone could make a radical change in their life. That could go from being a thug to being one of the most important people in religious history intrigued me.”
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SOURCE: Church Leaders – Christine Yount Jones