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What Christians Can Learn From Movies

By: john weirick

Truth is all around you.

It’s evident in nature.

It’s displayed in changed lives.

Truth is even woven throughout popular culture, like movies. And that truth is worth finding and celebrating. We can embrace truth wherever we find it, because all truth belongs to God and is from God.

We can embrace truth wherever we find it, because all truth belongs to God and is from God.

The Truth About Truth

God’s given us freedom to do anything, but not everything is constructive (1 Corinthians 10:23). Listening to the Holy Spirit keeps our focus on what’s true, not what’s comfortable or entertaining.

Celebrating truth in culture is not about the culture itself, but about the one at the center of it all. We can use all things to point to Jesus (1 Corinthians 3:21-22).

Truth is found in Jesus and confirmed in the Bible. The Bible shows us what’s true about the world and how we can help more people meet Jesus (2 Timothy 3:16-17).

What To Do With Truth In Culture

One of the Church’s early leaders, Paul, used “secular” philosophy and poetry to point to truth. By knowing Greek culture, Paul could explain who Jesus is in a way people could understand (Acts 17:16-34). He did not compromise the Gospel, but instead shared the good news about Jesus through culture references people could relate to.

Rather than reject or run away from popular culture of his day, Paul used it as a tool to reach more people far from God. Movies and music are not inherently good or bad; these are tools we can use to reach people who are far from God and teach them to follow Jesus step by step.

By recognizing something true, good or well made, we can point to Jesus as the creator of everything true and good (Philippians 4:8).

If Jesus used culture to connect with more people, the Church should, too.

Jesus used the culture of His day, a storytelling and an agricultural society, to explain who He is and how He changes lives. If Jesus used culture to connect with more people, the Church should, too.

Changing Methods, Unchanging Message

To reach more people with the message of Jesus, churches send missionaries to learn the language, culture and practices of foreign nations around the world. Why would we call it “missions” in foreign nations, but not use that approach in the United States?

Movies are a huge part of modern society. So we will use videos, stories and films to point to Jesus. The message that everyone’s life can be better because of Jesus is far too important to keep to ourselves. Short of sin, we’ll use whatever means possible to share the Gospel, because it’s a truth worth celebrating.


For five weeks at NewSpring, we’re exploring how movies point us to Jesus and reflect truth we see in the Bible. Join us for “At The Movies” on a NewSpring campus near you or online. Learn more about "At The Movies" here.

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