Thursday, April 28, 2011
Small Things Can Make a Real Difference
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.
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.
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.