Kids love a good story. And you know what? They should!
Even God likes stories.
When God chose to reveal Himself to us in the Bible He did it with story. A huge chunk of the Bible is story (narrative). Jesus also loved story. Specifically, Jesus often taught and preached with stories, we call them parables. (Hence the name of this site, Reel Parables!) There is something about a good story that we just get. That is why using movies to share God’s story is such a good idea. We love stories and they often teach us about God and His story. So, without further ado, here are the best three movies for sharing God’s story with younger kids.
(Be sure to also check out the 3 best movies for sharing God’s story with teens. and the 3 best movies for sharing God’s story with adults.)
No, I can’t just let it go! (See what I did there?) Frozen is a great movie with which to share God’s story.
- Disney’s Frozen shows us that Our hearts are frozen (broken, wicked, evil).
- Our hearts are frozen because we are all under a curse. Our frozen hearts affect our relationship with each other and with God.
- Because of our frozen hearts, we are separated – lost – from God.
- We know God loves us because He searches for – chases after – us.
- We know God loves us because He sacrificed Himself for us.
- It also shows us how the devil works – and that he is destined to lose.
Frozen tells us the gospel story. And is a great way to share that good news with kids!
Also, this past Lent we looked at Disney’s Frozen in the context of being emptied and humbled (Philippians 2). We went a bit deeper than usual, but this is a great complimentary read for the parents, teachers, and pastors:
Emptied & Humbled – Disney’s Frozen:
Finally, we also have two free infographics that outline how to share God’s story with Disney’s Frozen:
Much like with Frozen, Wreck-it Ralph shows us the gospel story. There is a fallen world with a fake ruler. There is an outside savior (Ralph) who is willing to sacrifice himself to save Sugar Rush. There is the restoration – the resurrection – of the world (of Sugar Rush), specifically with Vanellope, who ends up being a Princess – the daughter of the REAL king. Just like those of us who are Christians, we’ve been adopted into God’s family and are fellow heirs with Christ!
- Part I – Sharing God’s story with Wreck it Ralph – Community
- Part 2 – Sharing God’s Story with Wreck it Ralph – Counterfeit
- Part 3 – Sharing God’s Story with Wreck it Ralph – Cheater
- Part 4 – Sharing God’s Story with Wreck it Ralph – Purpose
- Part 5 – Sharing God’s Story with Wreck it Ralph – Savior
As we did with Frozen, we went a little deeper with Wreck-it Ralph over Lent. Again, this may be a bit deep for kids but makes for a great devotional for parents, teachers, and pastors.
Emptied & Humbled – Wreck-it Ralph:
Finding Nemo is a great Reel Parable to follow Jesus’ Lost Parables; The lost sheep, the lost coin, the lost sons, and Finding Nemo.
Nemo is “lost” because he disobeyed his father. Marlin said not to go past a certain point. Nemo rebelled and disobeyed and was literally caught (in a net!) in his sin.
But even though Nemo sinned, his father still loved him and went looking for him, just like the shepherd, just like the woman, and just like the prodigal son’s father.
That is our story too. Because of our sin, we are separated from God, but God comes looking for us also.
But God demonstrates his own love for us, in that while we were still sinners, Christ died for us. (Romans 5:8)
God did not wait for us to come to Him. While we are sinners – and lost from Him – Jesus died for us.
God pursues us!
Just like Marlin pursued Nemo.
It is an easy story and a great way to show kids that God loves them, even when they sin. Just like Marlin still loved Nemo after he sinned.
We also have something a bit deeper for you parents and teachers and pastors.
Emptied & Humbled – Finding Nemo
Honorable Mention – The Classic Jungle Book
No one has greater love than this – that one lays down his life for his friends. (John 15:13)
(Drops mic and walks away….)
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Until next time, God bless.
Simon L Smith