Thursday, April 28, 2011

Small Things Can Make a Real Difference

I’m sure you would agree that most of us want to make a difference. Today we face difficult challenges. There are many hurting people searching for hope. But changing the world can seem overwhelming. What can one person really do? And, if you’re a Christian, how can you make an impact? It seems as if our culture really doesn’t want to hear about Christ. Perhaps, the best way to start making a difference is to take small steps, which can really make a huge difference over time. Of course, we all know about servant evangelism. Small acts of kindness can open hearts.

But there’s something else you can do that can be effective in communicating the Gospel. Have you considered hosting a film night? You’d be amazed how watching a film can open up an opportunity for dialogue and discussion. There’s just something about movies that lowers people’s defenses. They are often more open to receive a message.

What is it about movies? They have an ability to express our wants, fears, hurts and desires. There’s no question that for years cinema has shaped public perception, while educating and enlightening our society. I’m convinced movies can challenge us individually to consider our lifestyle choices as well as the pathway we are currently pursuing. More importantly, God can use movies to move us toward the truth. So why aren’t we using movies in small groups or church settings?

Recently, we started Friday Night Flicks at the Vineyard Community Church in Springdale, Ohio. This event is open to everyone whether or not you go to the Vineyard. We meet once a month on Friday nights at 7:00 p.m., watch a film, have some popcorn and refreshments, and discuss the movie. It’s really not a complicated format. It works because it’s a safe, non-threatening environment—no preaching, no heavy-handed evangelism, no expectations, no commitments. We just allow God to do what God wants to do, which is usually planting seeds. I encourage you to consider starting a film night at your church. Better yet, invite a few friends over for popcorn and a movie at your home. This is a simple and effective means for outreach.

I know you’re probably thinking, what movies should we watch. What about content, ratings, and other issues? We’re here to help you at Media Missionary School. Under film reviews, you will find a list of films that I believe have something important to say. They will provide you with ample opportunities for a lively discussion.

If you want to get started now, here are some suggestions—Like Dandelion Dust, The Spitfire Grill, Bella, and Get Low. I think you’ll be amazed with the results and how something as simple as watching a movie with friends can make a big difference in your life or someone else’s.

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