|New Rick Warren Bible study draws from ‘Son of God’ film|
|Written by Jeremy Burns|
|Monday, 17 February 2014 11:42 AM EST|
New small-group Bible study resources from pastor Rick Warren to help individuals and churches delve more deeply into the teachings of Jesus depicted in the upcoming Son of God film. B&H Publishing Group released the study materials Feb. 15.
Son of God: The Life of Jesus in You (B&H Publishing Group) is a DVD small-group Bible study featuring New York Times best-selling author Warren, who explains how participants can find their purpose in studying the life of Jesus. A member book accompanies the Leader Kit, and also will be available as an e-book in the near future.
A major motion picture from Twentieth Century Fox, Son of God is a LightWorkers Media production from Emmy award-winning producer Mark Burnett and his actress wife, Roma Downey, who plays Jesus’ mother, Mary, in the film. The film has made headlines in the build-up to its Feb. 28 nationwide release as churches and organizations across the country have been renting out cinema multiplexes to show the film on every screen the night before its official release.
“We don’t want the experience to end for audiences when the credits roll,” Burnett said. “There is so much to learn from and apply to our everyday lives in the things Jesus did and said. So the companion study is essential for congregations to dig deeper into the life lessons of Jesus’ ministry.”
Warren says he’s honored to be helping audiences get even more out of the movie experience through the study, calling Son of God “the best movie I’ve seen on the life of Jesus in years.”
“There’s nothing more important you can do with your life than spending time getting to know Jesus,” Warren said. “Jesus’ teaching will transform you from the inside out, so I developed a curriculum and DVD-based study to better understand key scenes and valuable teaching moments from the movie and connect the teaching of Jesus to your life’s purpose.”
The Bible study features six sessions with video clips from Son of God and 2 1/2 hours of custom videos from Warren explaining Jesus’ teachings and their impact on people’s lives.
B&H President Selma Wilson said the LifeWay team is “blessed” to be collaborating with Warren on the project.
“This is about the heart of Jesus and how He will transform each and every one of us,” Wilson said.