The disciples came to him and asked,
“Why do you speak to the people in parables?”
– Matthew 13:10 (NIV)
Jesus was the master teacher, yet we never hear him asking followers to memorize or recite the principles he taught. He realized that discipleship was not about lists, but about living – living together while seeking God with all one’s heart, mind, soul, and strength.
Many of Jesus’ most famous teachings were not presented as a list to remember, but in the context of a story. Stories resonate not with the mind but in the heart. In Jesus’ time there were no movies or tv, so he shared his stories with the spoken word – parables now recorded in every copy of the New Testament.
Stories have no less power today. An evening of “entertainment” can convict in a moment or plant a seed that lies dormant until God is ready for it to sprout. Not every seed will become the 4th seed that produces many times what was sown, but the more we sow, the more we are likely to plant the seed that might change the world!
HOI CHRISTIAN MOVIE UPDATES:
Film has the potential to impact many lives, and – frankly – the quality of Christian films has increased greatly over the years. As a growing number of Christians support films, the word will get out and more Christian filmmakers will want to see if their films will “Play in Peoria.” If you would like to receive these, please Sign up for Christian Movie Email Updates. and check the appropriate box.
No, we are not asking you to buy 500 tickets (but we won’t stop you).
Can you buy 5 or 10? That’s a family or small group, and with enough families and small groups, we can bring almost any film to town with 500 tickets.
We are not asking for blind decisions – we will share the trailer and other information with you so you can decide is that is a film you are interested in. If so, great. If not, we understand. That is why we want 200+ interested parties – if only half purchase 5 tickets for a given film we can get it.
Some one-night shows may only need 80 or 90 tickets. Surely we can hit that regularly, right? You can sign up at the same link as above, just check the “500 Club” box. Thanks!
Want to start seeing more Christian films in your community, county, or any other geographical region? What we’re doing is simple, and you can start with whatever skills, budget, and technology you have.
Our prayer is for 500 “Regional Movie Ministries” across the United States by 2020. That’s just 10 per state – do you have friends or family who complain about films bypassing them? Challenge them to do something about it.
A good start – for less than the cost of an evening movie ticket – is our booklet that shares our story, and then some tips and tools to get going.
Order “Regional Movie Ministries: Kingdom Building through Networking, Faith, & Film” (yes, I used the Oxford comma)
Learn more at the Regional Movie Ministry page.