Imagine a Hollywood studio promoting the most significant salvation verse in the Bible, John 3:16, and one of the most powerful apologetic, evangelistic DVDs ever made, entitled “The Case for Christ,” with gigantic displays in Wal-Mart, Costco and bookstores (both Christian and secular) around the country. That is exactly what’s happening with Lionsgate’s Sept. 11 DVD release of best-selling author Max Lucado’s evangelistic meditations on John 3:16, “3:16 Stories of Hope” and Lee Strobel’s investigation of the claims of Jesus Christ in the DVD entitled “The Case for Christ.”
“3:16 Stories of Hope” contains 12 short meditations complete with poignant, emotional personal reflections by Max Lucado, America’s No. 1 inspirational author, aimed at helping the audience understand the good news of the gospel of Jesus Christ. They include messages about hope, heaven, belief, hell, love and the Bible. This video is so impressive that this reviewer wanted to immediately send it to his friends and family. At the end, there is a 20-minute prodigal daughter movie helping the contemporary generation, which is drifting away from God, understand the selfless love of the Father. The theology in “3:16 Stories of Hope” is balanced, orthodox and clearly presented. This is one of the best evangelistic tools ever made.
In “The Case for Christ,” Ivy League-educated journalist Lee Strobel discusses growing up as a committed atheist and becoming an award-winning reporter for the Chicago Tribune. When his wife converted to Christianity more than 25 years ago, Lee set out to disprove her faith in Jesus Christ. As a conscientious reporter, he examined the evidence logically. This wonderful DVD recreates Lee Strobel’s investigation into the truth of Christianity. He asks all the important questions: “Are the New Testament manuscripts reliable?”, “Could the prophecies have really been fulfilled?” and “Were the eyewitnesses reliable?” Step by step, Lee proves that the evidence demands one logical verdict – that Jesus Christ is fully God, fully man and the Savior of all who believe in him.
This is one of the most powerful conversion stories ever presented. Every Christian should get a copy and show it to their children, friends, relatives and anyone else. Lee examines the evidence by talking with the leading experts on religion and ancient history. He leaves no stone unturned. He is relentless in his investigation. Therefore, no one who watches this can escape the truth that it presents – that Jesus Christ is Lord of all, and that is the very truth that will set them free from sin and death.
Lionsgate should be commended for releasing “The Case for Christ” and “3:16 Stories of Hope.” The thought that these powerful evangelistic DVDs would be in major secular stores gives one the hope that revival might even break out throughout the country.