Friday, March 9, 2018

PAUL, APOSTLE OF CHRIST: In Theaters March 23 {+ A #PaulMovieL3 Giveaway}

**Tickets received for consideration. All thoughts are 100% my own.

I love reading the letters of Paul.

So often I find when I open up my Bible, I am drawn back to these letters, over and over again. 1 Corinthians, Romans, Ephesians... these and all the 14 letters attributed to Paul offer some of the greatest wisdom and insight on what it means to be a Christian.

They teach us about love.
Love is patient and kind; love does not envy or boast; it is not arrogant or rude. It does not insist on its own way; it is not irritable or resentful; it does not rejoice at wrongdoing, but rejoices with the truth. Love bears all things, believes all things, hopes all things, endures all things. Love never ends.- 1 Corinthians 13: 4-8

They teach us about forgiveness. 
Be kind to one another, tenderhearted, forgiving one another, as God in Christ forgave you. - Ephesians 4:32
They teach us about grace.

For by grace you have been saved through faith. And this is not your own doing; it is the gift of God, not a result of works, so that no one may boast.- Ephesians 2:8-9

They teach us about perseverance.

More than that, we rejoice in our sufferings, knowing that suffering produces endurance- Romans 5:3

When we read these iconic words, it can be very easy to forget who Paul was. We see these messages of profound faith and see a man who seemed to have this Christian living thing down. After all, these are the verses WE strive to live by. And so often we feel as though we fall short.

We forget that before all of these letters, Paul too was a sinner. Not only that, but he faught against and KILLED Christians. Wow. What a transformation! When I think about this and read these words again, and find even more power in them. How amazing a love that can transform 'the worst of the worst', what grace. If God can forgive THOSE sins, surely he can forgive ours too, right?

I think this is where knowing the back story and truly digging deeper into the Bible is so important. We have to understand where these people came from to truly appreciate where they were at the time of writing. Today, I am very excited to share with you a new movie that might provide us a little insight into the life and writing of Paul.

PAUL, APOSTLE OF CHRIST is the story of two men. Luke, as a friend and physician, risks his life when he ventures into the city of Rome to visit Paul, who is held captive in Nero’s darkest, bleakest prison cell. But Nero is determined to rid Rome of Christians, and does not flinch from executing them in the grisliest ways possible. Before Paul’s death sentence can be enacted, Luke resolves to write another book, one that details the beginnings of “The Way” and the birth of what will come to be known as the church.
Bound in chains, Paul’s struggle is internal. He has survived so much—floggings, shipwreck, starvation, stoning, hunger and thirst, cold and exposure—yet as he waits for his appointment with death, he is haunted by the shadows of his past misdeeds. Alone in the dark, he wonders if he has been forgotten . . . and if he has the strength to finish well.
Two men struggle against a determined emperor and the frailties of the human spirit in order to live out the Gospel of Jesus Christ and spread their message to the world.

Now, first and foremost, let me just start by saying that no movie should ever replace reading and studying your actual Bible... but let's be honest, each of us has our own way of learning. Some do great with just reading and studying the history. That works for them. Others are visual learners. They find it hard to imagine this life that is so different than our own. We need something to bring it to life to give us that better understanding. That is just what this type of movie provides. We can experience and learn about the final year's of Paul's life in a whole new way to give us that deeper understanding in what we are reading. And that's pretty important, isn't it?
Just in time to celebrate Easter, Paul Apostle of Christ will be coming to theaters 
Friday, 3/23/18, nationwide. You can find ticket info here.

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  1. I love your blog, so I'm glad you're offering this giveaway because it gives me a chance to follow you in all the other ways that I hadn't gotten around to setting up yet!

  2. I'd love to see this! :D


  3. I like Jim Caviezel so I'm looking forward to this movie.


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