As faith-based films continue to have box office success, such as the $40 million earned by “I Can Only Imagine,” Christians who work in the entertainment industry tell The Christian Post that movies might be the future method of spreading the Gospel.
Sharing the Gospel message through faith-based films is proving to be popular, and some pastors and ministries are using it to help them reach people for Christ.
In 2014, The Christian Post reported that media and filmmaking experts in Los Angeles had invited pastors to attend the 168 Film Festival where they were encouraged to become participants rather than combatants of the Hollywood entertainment industry, especially since faith-based films have been performing well at the box office.
During a panel discussion at the festival, the event’s founder and executive director John David Ware urged pastors to engage more with those in the movie business, including in the early stages of the creative process, to help facilitate quality films coming to theaters.
“The spirit of God can use all kinds of movies,” Pastor Grady Williams of Powerhouse Christian Fellowship in Irvine, California, said after the festival. “If we (as pastors) can amplify that which is good then we can see it. We cannot ever supersede the work of the Spirit. I just rejoice today that there is so much salt and light in Hollywood and in the entertainment industry.”
To find out more about what Christians working in Hollywood think is the future impact of faith-based films on advancing the Gospel, The Christian Post interviewed the Erwin brothers, the Kendrick brother, actor Jim Caviezel, and others who work and follow the industry.
The Erwin Brothers
The Erwin brothers film “I Can Only Imagine” brought in $17.1 million at the domestic box office during its opening weekend, ranking third overall behind “Tomb Raider” and “Black Panther.” Pastors rented entire movie theaters to host viewings of the redemption story and ministries are still using the film as an outreach tool.
“I heard T.D. Jakes say that Jesus was a storyteller, so if He’d been around today He’d be a filmmaker. Make sense to me,” filmmaker Jon Erwin (“Woodlawn,” “Mom’s Night Out”) told CP when asked if he thought movies could be the future of ministry.
“The right story can change your life. As Christians, it’s always been about the power of our stories and the power of what God has done in our life.
“I think a film is an incredibly powerful way to tell a story, Jesus told incredible stories, so I want to be a part of it as well.”
Hollywood actor Jim Caviezel (“Passion of Christ”) plays a lead role in the recently released film, “Paul, Apostle of Christ,” and says he feels called to make Christian films that will be instrumental in sharing Jesus Christ with the world.
“Someday, when I’m gone, this will be passed on. Film will live forever,” Caviezel said of his role in the biblical film during the National Religious Broadcaster convention in Nashville, Tennessee.
“Now, it doesn’t mean they like it in the time you made it. And I’m reminded of that every time I see ‘It’s a Wonderful Life.’ It was lost, no one ever saw it [then] and now all of a sudden every Christmas [it’s a hit].”
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Source: Christian Post