How do i use films as a lead in to discussions on the Christian faith?

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(Helen Tan) #1

Hi Tom, I read with interest the use of films as a lead in to discussions on the Christian faith. I was wondering if you could share a bit on how one can use this approach and in particular which films lend themselves as good subjects. Thank you.


Ask Tom Price (January 29 - February 2, 2018)
(Tom Price) #2

Hi Helen,

I’m particularly interested in following Paul’s methodology from Acts 17, where he finds points of connection (affirming and challenging) in the Athenian worldviews. I think his methodology for engagement is so helpful.

I tend to introduce the story and background and themes of the film. Then play a clip then ask people to discuss an aspect of the clip that they have just seen. Then I do that 2-3 more times and then offer a summary and the opportunity to ask and discuss about anything. I try to link my summary into a natural aspect of the gospel which addresses the question that the clips and discussions have raised and drawn attention towards.

I would recommend any age appropriate film (its much better to avoid Christian films if you can, because its Acts 17 so we go to where people are rather than taking over where they are). You can find some good examples among the following.

WARNING: YOU ARE ALL ABLE TO MAKE YOUR OWN CHOICES ABOUT FILMS SO PLEASE DO YOUR RESEARCH AND DECIDE FOR YOURSELF IF THESE FILMS CONTAIN THEMES THAT YOU MIGHT FIND OFFENSIVE OR DIFFICULT THEN JUST SKIP

13 Conversations about one thing
Amazing Grace
American Beauty
About Time
Before the Devil Knows You are Dead
Casino Royale
Chocolat
Counterfeiters
Crash
Juno
Interception
Dark Knight - Nolan Trilogy
Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind
Groundhog Day
Heaven
Sex and the City
Shawshank Redemption
Slumdog Millionaire
Stranger than Fiction
The Bourne Supremacy
The Boy in the Striped Pyjamas
The Island
The Station Agent
There Will Be Blood
Truman Show
Watchmen
X-Men
Insomnia (2002)
Life is Beautiful (1997)
Dark Knight (2008)
Before the Devil Knows You Are Dead (2007)
The Third Man (1947)
12 Angry Men
Blade Runner (1982)
Gran Torino (2008)
The Motorcycle Diaries (2004)
Stranger than Fiction
Slumdog Millionaire
Cinema Paradiso
Blood Diamond

You will find this article by my friend Tony Watkins even more useful I think.

Tony Watkins http://www.tonywatkins.co.uk/media/film/filmdiscussions/


(Kay Kalra) #3