A couple of months ago, Kaye and I were honored to see a preview of the movie Unconditional. We were gripped by the story and the acting.
Unconditional comes out next month and is the story of a young woman and author named Sam. Her life is brought to a halt when her husband is killed in a senseless act of violence. Numb and on the verge of taking her own life, Samantha rescues two inner city children from near death, an event that reunites her with Joe, her oldest and best friend from childhood. As the two get reacquainted, Sam is amazed at how God has turned Joe’s personal tragedy into an opportunity to serve at risk children in the community. Before long, Sam learns that God has an extraordinary plan for her, too.
I’m excited about this movie for a couple of reasons. Not only was Unconditional filmed right here in Nashville, but it was also made with a very specific purpose–to move viewers in to mission in their local communities. The character Joe was inspired by a man here in Nashville who has devoted his life to mentoring at-risk kids in a local housing project. The filmmakers’ ultimate goal was to motivate viewers to get involved just like Joe has, and they’ve even partnered with ministries all across the country to help. You can see a list of these organizations at www.UnconditionalTheMovie.com.
LifeWay wants to help, too. We’ve created Unconditional: The Bible Study, a small group resources that uses clips from the film to unpack James 1:27 and God’s call to “look after orphans and widows in their distress.” This study understands that many people, like Sam, have personal baggage that often blinds them to God’s calling. Participants will be encouraged and challenged to overcome these obstacles by the power of the gospel of Jesus Christ. It is our prayer that this movie and study would motivate believers to be the church in their local communities.
If you are a pastor interested in taking your church to a screening of Unconditional, LifeWay is offering advance tickets at a discounted rate. I would encourage you to consider doing so, both for your congregation and as an outreach opportunity. Many people who are intimidated by the church might jump at the opportunity to go to a free movie which gives you the perfect chance to share the gospel.
You can learn more about Unconditional and purchase tickets at LifeWay.com/Unconditional. I hope to see you there.