WITTICISM

10 Really Bad. Kinda Great. ‘At The Movie’ Series Ideas

Joshua Pease + Nik Goodner
Writers + Podcast Hosts.

Published 06/04/18

T he summer is nearly here, and you know what that means… AT THE MOVIES (ATM) TEACHING SERIES ARE BACK! While the origins of this popular church teaching series are most likely unknown, We’re going to credit Life.Church for making it popular. And, while they may or may not have been the originators, they indeed have made strives to perfect the ATM model as many churches around the globe replicate the popular series for their summer festivities.

Nevertheless, we get it. You’ve been planning sermon ‘At The Movie’ series for years now, and you’re starting to run out of ideas. You want something scriptural. You want something relevant. But you’re desperate, and you’ve already done 40 Days of Predestination, and at this point, you’ll pretty much roll with anything. This. Is. That. Anything. So here it is, a few prompts for your next ‘At The Movie’ teaching series. Don’t say thank you, because our treasure is in heaven y’all!

 

10. Little Mermaid: Deals with the Devil leave you naked and voiceless.

 

Sometimes in our lives, we want to use our… what’s the word, again? Oh, feet… and overstep the guidance of God to do things our way. But, church that’s one thing that isn’t neat. When you take side-trips and dead-ends outside the will of God, you might find yourself learning what’s a fire and why does it… What’s the word… BURN! Because deals with a sea witch Satan will always leave you washed up on the shores of life, naked and voiceless.

 

9. Delivery Man: Every seed you sow yields fruit.

 

Vince Vaughn teaches us every seed you sow yields fruit in the heartwarming American tale, ‘Delivery Man.’ Therefore, let’s deliver our money to the Lord as we pass that offering bucket around one last time because as you all know we are currently four years deep into our building campaign.

 

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8. Justice League: We need volunteers for the traffic ministry.

 

Did you know God has assembled his own Justice League? It’s called the church. Now not all of us play the same roles, pastors are like Superman, youth pastors are like the Flash, and our children ministry directors who are of course are like Wonder Woman. But everyone is needed, even the Aquapeople in our community. Which brings us to our final point: we need volunteers for the traffic ministry.

 

7. A Quiet Place: You can talk with God and not die.

 

Man, this movie sure was scary!! But you know what else is scary? Not having a regular quiet time… Have you met with God in the secret, in the quiet place? Do you want to know him and hear his voice? Well, good news! Unlike the aliens in ‘A Quiet Place,’ you can talk with God and not die … Unless you blaspheme.

 

6. Avengers: Infinity War : When your time comes you won’t be able to turn back time.

 

We were all born enemies of God, and if we aren’t careful will be in a state of war with him for an infinity. One day God will snap his fingers, and a select group of people will disappear suddenly to be with him, but not like how Thanos did, who is super not God because God isn’t a villain… or purple. Anyway, the point is unlike Dr. Strange, when the end comes you won’t be able to turn back time, so decide now.

 

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5. Star Wars: A Solo Story: We can’t fly through space solo.

 

You think you can Han-dle flying solo, but the truth is none of us were made to pilot our lives through the space in this world. We need to be in community with other people who can help us navigate the Kessel Run of our day-to-day lives, and dodge the fiery laser blasts of the Empire of Darkness.

 

4. Ocean’s 8: Step boldly into the throne room of God.

 

At times we may find our human nature wants to sneak around the presence of God. This manifests itself in a variety of ways, the most prominent is when we skip worship and avoid entering into corporate praise. Sure, you have your reasons… You missed the alarm; you’re tired of the same five songs; you were getting coffee… Excuses. Excuses. We should step BOLDLY into the throne room of God and enter his house with praise! And, by that we mean… Get to church on time!

 

3. The Incredibles 2: Be Mr. Incredible and share your testimony.

 

Coming soon to a church near you… ‘The Incredibles’ a movie about a family of superheroes who save the world. But you know who the real superhero family is? Our church! And our superpower is our testimony. That’s why we shouldn’t disappear or dash away or stretch to the world’s pressure, but stand strong like Mr. Incredible and share our testimonies.

 

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2. Venom: Don’t let toxic relationships overtake you.

 

In a world where the lifeform a man hangs around violently transforms him… Eddie Brock (Tom Hardy) will try to unleash his inner anti-hero only to learn a friend of a fool suffers harm.

 

1. Ralph Breaks the Internet: Wreck-It Ralph 2: Go viral for Christ.

 

In a world cluttered by political posts, cat memes, and fake news… One animated video game strives to make a difference… Later this year, Wreck-It Ralph will attempt to break the internet only to find that the only news worth spreading is the Good News.

 

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Joshua Pease

Josh is a writer & speaker living in Colorado. His book, The God Who Wasn’t There, is available on Amazon. For more of his writing, or to book him as a speaker, check out his website.

Nik Goodner

Nik is a content creator living in Orlando, Florida. In 2015, he and his wife, Lydia, founded CRTVCHURCH to bring fellow church creators together. You can hear Nik every week on the CRTVCHURCH Podcast. 

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