God’s Not Dead 2 is coming out in less than a week, on Friday!
As an “influential” blogger, ministry leader and minister, my wife and I got to see God’s Not Dead 2 before its release. However, we had to drive three and a half hours one way to see it.
Sharon thought God’s Not Dead 2 was just as good as the first one. I thought that it was a bit better.
We spent most of the trip home talking about it. It’s certainly a movie that gets you thinking about what’s important. We both left, challenged to make our life count for Christ and His cause.
Some see life as a checklist of fun things to do. We check things off as we do them, then move on to the next item on the list, never thinking about what we learn from each experience.
Perhaps it’s a blessing to be limited in our activities for a season. We are in one of those phases right now.
With our limited opportunities, we’re SO glad that, among the things we chose to do together was to watch
God’s Not Dead 2.
God’s Not Dead 2 is a movie worth absorbing… It is prophetic. It’s inspirational.
It will take some thoughtful reflection time to understand its message well.
Below is a spoiler-free list of ideas to make your time watching it a little more enjoyable. Some of them may not make sense now, but they
will by the time you leave the theater. Tip 1)
Don’t watch the God’s Not Dead 2 trailer
…and if you did already, ignore it. Things happen in the trailer that don’t happen in the movie. I was less able to enjoy the movie as I waited for things to happen, that didn’t.
Just enjoy the story as it unfolds on the screen, and enjoy each scene for what it is.
Tip 2) Drop off a donation to
Salvation Army before you go
Perhaps you have a pile of clothes your youngest child outgrew. Or some games you never play. Or toys your kids have forgotten about.
Whatever you have, bring it to the
Salvation Army thrift shop near you, before you go and watch God’s Not Dead 2.
I won’t explain why here, but I can tell you now that you’ll be glad you did.
Tip 3) Find out who J. Warner Wallace and Lee Strobel are
J. Warner Wallace began his career a homicide detective. And Lee Strobel started off as a journalist with the Chicago Tribune.
Both were atheists and agnostics.
Then, something happened… a “God” thing…
If you don’t know who these two guys are already, find out. By doing so, you will have something interesting to say when you go out to eat with your friends after the movie.
Again, I won’t say why. Not yet.
Tip 4) Buy a ticket or two for your favorite Christian teacher
Melissa Joan Hart
It’s no secret that this movie is primarily about a committed Christian who teaches at a public school.
The story is based on the challenges teachers have faced all over the nation, just because they seek to live for Christ both at home and at work.
To show our appreciation for all our teachers do for us and our kids, give the gift of tickets to God’s Not Dead 2 to those who know the battle best.
Tip 5) Bring a teenager who loves Jesus (or, be one!)
The brightest spot in this movie is how the youth get excited about Jesus, and stand up for Him no matter what the cost.
I believe the movie is correct when it implies that this generation of youth is going to make a big impact on their world for Jesus!
they are the hope for a better America as we live through these challenging times. Tip 6) Stay to the end
It will look like the movie is over.
You won’t want to miss what happens after the credits are done.
Stay until the end. If you don’t, you won’t know what everyone is talking about when they try to figure out what it means.
Tip 7) Pray for America
I believe that this movie shows us what is coming soon.
God’s church is going to rise up and fill her God-given role in our society. For now, we must get into shape to face our giants!
Let this song by the Newsboys become our anthem in 2016:
Please pray that God’s church in America would massively watch God’s Not Dead 2. Pray for those struggling with their faith who will watch it as well.
We all need His help to
courageously face the challenges of the coming months of 2016, and beyond.
Please let us know what you thought of God’s Not Dead 2 by leaving a comment below.