We opened with a 10 minutes drama of people’s different fears, death, public speaking, heights, snakes, drowning etc. I’m so proud of our creative and drama teams! It was awesome. I think the sermon was very well received also. Were the drama and message effective? Well, 2 people gave their lives to the Lord for the 1st time!
I loved the drama opening for the sermon but that sort of thing always brings questions into some observers mind. “Why do we need all those lights?” or “Is this just a show?”
Why do we use drama, video, decorations, give aways etc. to present the gospel? It’s because we live in a visual society. We are trying to reach a generation raised on television, movies, graphic design and the web. Most of their classes in school will suppliment the teacher’s lecture with videos and Internet information. Does this water down the gospel? No.
Presenting the gospel with more than words isn’t something new. Jesus used imagery such as a “camel passing through the eye of a needle” and “a sower who planted seed.” No, presenting the truths of the Kingdom of God in a visually stimulating medium isn’t a new idea or even’s man’s idea. Jesus was doing it thousands of years ago.
The key is using the visual presentation to reinforce the message or present the message in a different way but the message never changes!! It’s still that we are all depraved sinners worthy of judgment and damnation but God loved us so much that He sent Jesus to horribly suffer taking our punishment, then die, rising again to bring us the impossible reward of eternal bliss in heaven.
We will use the methods that will reach the audience but always remember to keep the message the same, we need Christ and thankfully He wants us.