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It Starts the Conversation
I would like to share an email I received from my brother to drive this point home.
"Monday the guys casually asked me what I did over the weekend. I mentioned that we watched "The Bible" on the History Channel. I told them about how much I liked it. They said they would check it out on their on-demand cable service.
Today they told me that they watched it and were blown away by how good it was. One of my friends told me about all of the things he learned. He said that he did not know that God tested Abraham by having him sacrifice Isaac. Then he said something that I thought was the most awesome thing. He said, "It made me so interested that I opened up my Bible for the first time in years to look stuff up."
I told him it is truly an amazing book and how Important it is. I can't say that they repented right there but now they are interested and are asking me a lot of questions. I hope this the open heart moment where they can be receptive of the good news of Jesus Christ. Brent, use your talents to peak people's interest in the Bible. It is making discussing the Bible easy and they are more open to the Bible. These are good guys with great families but don't know Jesus! Pray for them and me!"
Can you see how a film or video can open up doors to people we never thought possible! Wow, video is so powerful!”
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Jesus Used Videos
You are right, he didn't really use a visual medium for his followers, but he did use the concept of video stories. Jesus told over 30 parables in the New Testament alone. This is not counting the Old Testament, which in itself is one big story. Just think of all the wonderful bible stories such as; Noah, Moses, David, Jonah, and Joseph, just to name a few. These are stories that have impacted and ultimately changed the way we see our world. Stories draw us in and take us into another dimension. For example: a man is walking down a concrete sidewalk in a neighborhood. It's a sunny day, and he can hear the wind rustling in the trees. He hears kids playing, and someone mowing their lawn. He nods and smiles as he walks past a lady running the opposite direction.
STOP! Where were your thoughts? Were you walking down the street with this man? Did you change your camera view of him? Did you hear the sounds of the wind, kids playing, and a lawn mower running? Most likely, as soon as I started the story, a film reel began to play in your head. Is this by coincidence that our brain automatically starts to play a film reel, instead of text? I believe our Creator has built us to be visual people. That is why Jesus used and told so many parables.
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