(This is Part 5 of our 1st annual Reel Parables Movie Awards. The rest of the Reel Parables Movie Awards (for 2015) can be found here. These movies – and these awards – are greatly influenced by my How to See God’s Story in Movies series. Be sure to check it out to learn how I do what I do.)
Our next award goes to the movie that is the best Spiritual Gifts Reel Parable.
And the award for best Spiritual Gifts Reel Parable goes to… The Avengers: Age of Ultron!
This was an easy one! Why? Because pretty much any “super hero team” movie shows us what it’s like to use our spiritual gifts in the church!
- The Incredibles – YES!
- The Avengers – Duh!
- Fantastic Four – Well, yes, even if the movie wasn’t that great.
- Suicide Squad – I assume it will…
Here is why:
- Each hero has a different gift.
- No one gift can get the job done.
- They use their gifts for the same purpose.
- They win or lose together, in community.
This is exactly how it is with our spiritual gifts!
We see in 1 Corinthians 12 that not everyone has the same gift. There are different gifts for different people.
The church is made up of all the gifts! For a church to be healthy and vibrant, we need all the gifts, not just one.
In the church we use our gifts for the same purpose: To “be the church,” to “be the body of Christ,” to fulfill the great commission, etc.
We succeed or fail together. No christian should be a Lone Ranger. No christian can properly use their spiritual gift alone.
Our Spiritual Gifts require us to live in – work in – minister in – community!
The next time you watch a movie like this with your kids, let them know that this is how the church should be!
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Until next time, – God bless.
Simon L Smith