The Passion, produced and directed by well known filmmaker, Mel Gibson, will be shown at 6:00 p.m. CST at Five Points Baptist Church, July 31st. The film was hailed by the film industry world wide. It received 3 Oscar nominations, and received some 24 other awards from other film organizations globally. Unlike most of the films that have dealt with the total life and ministry of Jesus Christ, this film simply focuses on the last 12 hours of his life leading to his crucifixion. There are brief flashbacks in the film to some instances in his life to demonstrate certain matters pertinent to the last hours, but the film goes into great detail of what Christ suffered in his Passion. The film is 2 hours and 7 minutes long.
Dr. Wayne Swindall, pastor of Five Points Baptist, will open the evening with an introduction to the film, and remarks regarding the Biblical record of Christ’s death. He holds emeritus status as a professor of philosophy from California Baptist University where he taught courses in philosophy, religion, and humanities for 27 years. He also taught at Golden Gate Seminary. There will be a discussion of the film following the showing.
This event is open to the public, and all are urged to attend. This film was significant because of its unabashed presentation of a faithful account of Biblical history and revelation. In the times in which we live such public uses of the film media by professional Hollywood people who are believers have a tremendous impact on postmodern culture. If you have not seen the film, please take advantage of this opportunity to have your soul awakened to what Christ suffered for the world. A warning is in order. The scene of the scourging of Christ is very true to life, most graphic, and may not be suitable for children.