Pastor Rick Warren encouraged hundreds of local Southern California pastors and ministry leaders attending a pre-release screening of “Son of God” at Saddleback Church Tuesday to use a six-week study the best-selling author created using scenes from the movie.
The “Son of God – The Life of Jesus in You” series (LifeWay publishers) will launch at Saddleback to coincide with the movie’s release. Producers Roma Downey and Mark Burnett, who were at the special screening, had asked Warren to create the book study with their movie as a tool.
“This is an incredible opportunity to double the size and number of your small [Bible/book study] groups,” said Warren after the screening. He explained that the first time he used a movie to launch a series to be used in small groups was with “The Passion of the Christ.” Warren said he offered content that was not available anywhere else, and while members of small groups were first attracted to attend by the nature of the content, they stayed in the study groups because of the formed relationships.
“I took scenes from the ‘Son of God’ and I did a six-week series … one session about Jesus’ baptism and your baptism, then number two, Jesus’ temptation and your temptation. Session three is Jesus’ suffering and the suffering you’re going through…,” Warren said. “Our entire church is going to study this series after the movie. For the six weeks leading to Easter, this is just the hand of God, that this movie comes out 10 years exactly after ‘The Passion’ and six weeks before Easter. This is the perfect Lent series.”
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SOURCE: Christian Post