As a kid, I used to love when my dad would take my brother and me to the movies. I loved the movies and never wanted to miss the previews for upcoming movies. The older I got, the more my love for the movies grew. In high school and college, the movie theater became a favorite place to go with my friends, and Michele and I had several movie dates when we started dating in college. Now that I am a father of two children, we look forward to our family movie nights with a bowl of popcorn and Netflix.
One of the reasons we love movies is because we can escape into the story that is being told to us. The best movies are those where the storyline teaches us something about ourselves, about society, or about something bigger – maybe even our relationship with God. These stories can help us to understand complex truths better and they can illustrate some of our deepest questions, desires, or misunderstandings.
Using stories to help illustrate teachings is not contained to movies. Jesus often used parables (short stories) to illustrate about God’s relationship with humanity, our faith journey, and how we should treat one another. Most of Jesus’ teachings were done through parables because it was easy for those listening to understand and apply. Stories help connect teaching to application through illustration.
Beginning September 9, we will kick off a six week message series titled Reel Faithwhere we will look at six movies that help us understand our spiritual journey a little better. This will be a fun message series that you can enjoy with your friends and family. I want to encourage you to spend time together watching these movies each week, and then come and be part of a conversation on how we experience God through movies.
Be sure and invite someone to join you for this new series and to experience all of the amazing things happening at Royston First UMC. I look forward to being with you in worship each Sunday at Royston First UMC, and I look forward to hearing how you are developing a “reel” faith
Grace and peace,
P.S. Did you know the Sunday after Labor Day is often one of the highest attended Sundays in the fall? More people are likely to attend church – and more likely to accept your invitation to attend church – on that Sunday than any other Sunday in the fall. Who is someone you can invite to church this fall? Let’s make September 9 our Invite-A-Friend-To-Church Sunday and fill the gym and sanctuary.
REEL FAITH Message Series
September 9 | The Incredibles | 1 Corinthians 12:7-27
September 16 | The Wizard of Oz | Hebrews 11:8-10
September 23 | Wonder | 1 Corinthians 1:20-31
September 30 | Solo: A Star Wars Story | Ecclesiastes 4:9-11
October 7 | Rudy | 1 Samuel 17
October 14 | The Greatest Showman | 1 Peter 2:4-10