Warren, LifeWay to release 'Son of God' study
NASHVILLE (BP) -- Pastor and The New York Times best-selling author Rick Warren is partnering with LifeWay Christian Resources to release a Bible study for the upcoming "Son of God" movie from 20th Century Fox.
The small group curriculum resource by Warren is a companion piece to "Son of God," produced by husband-and-wife team Mark Burnett and Roma Downey. The study will be available Feb. 15, two weeks before the movie hits theaters Feb. 28.
"Son of God: The Life of Jesus in You" is a DVD small group Bible study, which features Warren explaining how you can find your purpose in studying the life of Jesus. The study is available at LifeWay Stores and LifeWay.com/SonofGod.
"There's nothing more important you can do with your life than spending time getting to know Jesus," Warren, pastor of Saddleback Church in Lake Forest, Calif., and author of "The Purpose Driven Life," said. He also leads the Purpose Driven Network of churches, a global coalition of congregations in 162 countries.
"Through the 'Son of God' study, people will receive practical teaching on the life of Jesus and its impact on individual lives and life purpose. Jesus' teaching transforms from the inside out."
The six-session study features video clips from the theatrical movie "Son of God" and videos from Warren explaining Jesus' teachings and their impact on people's lives. Topics include baptism, temptation, suffering, death, resurrection and ministry. Scenes from the movie such as Jesus being baptized by John the Baptist will help illustrate each topic.
"Son of God" is the second Bible-based production from Downey and Burnett. The first was "The Bible," the history-making miniseries on the History Channel viewed by more than 100 million people last spring.
Burnett said bringing the full story of Jesus' teaching and ministry to the big screen -- the first time it's been done by a major Hollywood studio in more than 50 years -- is long overdue.
"A story larger than life needs to be experienced larger than life," he said.
"Now people can bring their family, friends and neighbors to experience together the incredible story of Jesus," Downey said. "We pray this film will really spread the word about Jesus' love and sacrifice for all of us."
The couple said they hope the movie draws generations of people closer to Jesus.
"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."
Downey, an Emmy-nominated actress, is best known for her recurring role on the television program "Touched by an Angel." Burnett, a five-time Emmy winner, is the creator of hit shows such as "Survivor," "The Voice," "The Apprentice," and "Shark Tank."
The couple launched LightWorkers Media in 2011 with the children's DVD and book series "Little Angels" and its companion "Little Angels Storybook Bible." LightWorkers Media produced the 10-hour miniseries "The Bible" and the feature film "Son of God" for 20th Century Fox.
Carol Pipes is a writer for LifeWay Christian Resources. Get Baptist Press headlines and breaking news on Twitter (@BaptistPress), Facebook (Facebook.com/BaptistPress) and in your email (baptistpress.com/SubscribeBP.asp).