Good Friday Film

Above is a short clip of Mark Driscoll talking about the Good Friday film his church, Mars Hill, produced last year. I downloaded the film and tonight watched it for the first time. I have been hearing many things about the video and wanted to check it out for myself. I have found myself struggling with apathy, indifference, and a somewhat cold heart lately and tonight I needed a fresh look at the cross and needed my heart broke. God used this film to do just that. I would highly recommend everyone to take about 45 minutes and watch this short film. To download it for free go to this site and scroll down to the bottom and sign up. It’s simple, takes a few second and is well worth it!

So what did I think about this film? Well if I had to rate it between 1 and 10 with 1 being bad and 10 being excellent I would have to say a 10! This film really portrays the events leading up to the cross and well as the crucifixion in a very Biblical based way. The entire script was taken directly from Scripture. One thing I loved about the film was how they portrayed Jesus and His disciples. They were not nice looking men, but were men who were worn and torn. They talked to each other in very common terms. The way the film was made was excellent as well. It was very dark and gruesome which we know this time of Christ’s death was a very dark and gruesome thing. I believe Mars Hill was very faithful to Scripture in not just the script of this film, but in the overall setting of it.

One one negative thing to say which really is not anything negative about the film, but about how I would use the film. I would show this film in a heartbeat to an adult audience, but would hesitate to show it to students. Part of me would be ok with showing it to students because students today are seeing dark and gruesome things on movies all the time so I do not believe the darkness or gruesomeness would bother them. I believe we tend to protect our students so much that the world is winning them over easily. If we are trying to compete with the voice of the world in students life we need to step it up and scream louder! This film, I believe, is a way we can do just that!

Overall I loved the film and God used it in getting my attention tonight. Like him or not, Mark Driscoll stands firm on doctrine and I am grateful that he, and his church, put together a film that is theologically and doctrinally sound to impact people.

Published by Austin McCann

Austin is the student ministries director at Redemption Chapel in Stow, OH. He has a BA from Piedmont International University and a Master of Arts in Religion with a Christian leadership focus from Liberty University School of Divinity. Austin enjoys reading, writing, playing basketball and golf, and spending time with his family.

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