In April, I began a new Sunday morning series (Born Into a Living Hope) from 1 Peter. It’s been on the preaching schedule for months now, and as only God can do, He “just happened” to bring to our attention Kirk Cameron’s new movie called Unstoppable… just happened. Right! So, we purchased the public viewing license and showed it last Saturday night as part of Mountain View’s Movie Nights community outreach. God did a great work!
It turned out to be one of the most well attended Movie Nights we’ve had. In addition to our church family, we counted about 80 or so visitors (talk about a full house!). The theme, promoted at church, through flyers in the community and in newspaper advertisements, spoke loud and clear with the question that is on many people’s minds, “Where is God in the midst of tragedy and suffering?” This question is what some claim to be the biggest doubt-raiser to faith.
In the movie Unstoppable, Kirk works his way through some of the same questions Peter was addressing…If God is good, why is the world full of death and suffering? If God is great, why does evil exist? Why do bad things happen to good people? It was Peter that captured his audience back then with the same theme that is still capturing audiences today – suffering seems “Unstoppable.”
But we know, don’t we, that the same message that brought hope and encouragement in Peter’s day is the same message from God that gives us hope. God’s Word still has the answers to all life’s questions and Jesus is still our Living Hope.
The evening closed with Pastor Dave Drullinger sharing his personal testimony of how his faith in Jesus and heaven upheld him when he lost his precious wife, Helen, to cancer many years ago. It was such a powerful and refreshing reminder that this is the hope that keeps us going and gives us strength. Kirk’s closing words of encouragement were, “Life is stronger than death, good is stronger than evil, and faith is stronger than doubt.”
Thank you for praying with us for God to continue using this Movie Night as we follow up with our guests and continue to spread the gospel in our community and in the homes and lives those who attended. This week Nancy and I also begin teaching two new Sunday evening Growth Groups. My group will complete a study on biblical leadership called, Jesus, Teach Us How to Lead, while Nancy teaches a ladies group on contentment called Comfort Food for the Satisfied Soul. (Not only is her title clever, but I think they’re actually eating too!) We’ll keep you posted on how it goes! As time allows, check out the Prayer Request tab on our blog page for additional praises and requests.