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Coming Soon?

 —  November 16, 2013 — 16 Comments

There’s an unconscious irony for pastors and youth workers after watching a preview of the movie Noah.

If you haven’t seen it yet, here it is:

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=FRTlT3DEydU

noah_smMuch like God spoke to Noah and told him what was to come, we have the opportunity to prepare for what’s ahead. Whether or not this movie is “100% accurate,” we will have the opportunity to talk about God and the Bible when our culture tunes in for a moment.

Think about some of the things we should brush up on now:

  • Who was Noah?
  • How old was Noah… really?
  • Will God punish people? If so, why? If not, why? And, for that matter, should He?
  • Theories of evolution vs creation vs flood theory
  • How big was the ark?
  • How many animals were on it?
  • What about the dinosaurs?

This is only scratching the surface.

  1. What does this mean for you?
  2. Will you take your students to see this?
  3. What else should we be brushing up on?

And pray for us, too, that God may open a door for our message, so that we may proclaim the mystery of Christ, for which I am in chains. Pray that I may proclaim it clearly, as I should. Be wise in the way you act toward outsiders; make the most of every opportunity. Let your conversation be always full of grace, seasoned with salt, so that you may know how to answer everyone. (Colossians 4:3-6)

Tony Myles

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Tony Myles is a youth ministry veteran, author, speaker, volunteer youth worker and lead pastor of Connection Church in Medina, Ohio... and he really likes smoothies.

16 responses to Coming Soon?

  1. Wisdom in this post. That’s a great way of looking at and utilizing these sorts of films. Thanks!

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  2. Aaron Crumbey

    great post Tony!! I think a lot of times we miss these golden opportunities to share Christ because we get so caught up in the controversy. Thanks for the reminder of the opportunity we have.

  3. Leneita Fix

    I can’t wait for this movie! It’s funny I watched the trailer with my own kids and their first reaction was to pick apart Biblical accuracy. (I know way to raise legalists.) What struck me is the power of which God worked, a man who listened to him even when the world thought he was nuts and his family who believed because he did. So much we can share when we look deeper! I told them that there will probably be a lot of inaccuracy- but How can we use this to talk to our friends about our faith?

    • Tony Myles

      Ironic you would say that, Leneita. Part of the reason I wrote the post as I did is I used to be the one looking to pounce on the inaccuracies of Hollywood movies on the Bible. The CBS “Jesus” movie, for example. When that came out, I warned our church of where it fell short. A friend took me aside and spoke the perspective into me that I tried to offer in this post. We’re all growing in this, eh? :)

    • I love that! That be the way in which we should always talk with our unsaved friends. Use some truth about God that shows through in the culture.
      Glenn
      Youth for Christ

  4. Personally I hope the movie is not 100% accurate. Otherwise Hermione’s going to be making out with the Gladiator at the end of the movie.

    Seriously though, Mark Burnett’s interview at the Global Leadership Summit this year was great, he said something like, “Of course we’re going to be adding dialogue that’s not in Scripture. Noah only says like two words in the Bible. That would make for a boring movie.” However, like most, I am super excited about this movie. It will shine a light on the redemptive work of God. It will create interest and mystique in the storyline of mankind and ultimately highlight God as all powerful. Whether or not people understand that power is a different story, but heck do we as Christians understand it all the time? We have a great opportunity as a church to help people see this story for how it fits into the bigger picture of God’s plan.

  5. Thank you for turning me around and showing me how a Christian should respond, because I was not happy about what I’ve read from those who’ve seen the “rough cut” of the film. It looks like it’s not very Biblical at all, but now I have a much better plan than to join the grumblers and gripers.

  6. I try to use the things about God that see in our culture to discuss with my non-believing friends and Youth. I know this film will provide another opportunity to do just that. That’s for your post.
    Glenn
    Youth for Christ

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