“The Resurrection of Gavin Stone” Examines Welcoming and Judgement

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Does your church welcome newcomers openly and without judgement? Do you? Have you ever felt like a fish out of water trying to find your way when you go to a new church? Those are some of the questions raised by “The Resurrection of Gavin Stone” opening in theaters this Friday, January 20th.

This new comedy/drama is about a washed-up former child star, forced to do community service at a local megachurch. When he hears about their annual Passion Play, he pretends to be a Christian in order to land the part of Jesus. He discovers much more however about what it really means to be a Christian.

A pivotal point comes in the movie when Gavin asks the pastor’s daughter why he is being forgiven so freely and unconditionally for the wrongs he has committed. The pastor’s daughter answers simply, “This is what we do.”

It’s a central theme of the movie and one that Harvest Bible Chapel Pastor and executive producer, James MacDonald, takes personally. In the video below he discusses this theme of welcoming without judgement, loving without condition, and forgiving without limit, with cast members of the movie.

“The Resurrection of Gavin Stone” is directed by Dallas Jenkins and stars Brett Dalton, Anjelah Johnson, Neil Flynn, and D. B. Sweeney. It was produced by WWE Studios and WWE Hall of Famer Shawn Michaels appears as one of the main characters, Doug. Many of the church scenes used in the film were shot at Harvest Bible Chapel in Elgin, Illinois. The film is rated PG.

Let’s close with some tips by Gavin Stone on dressing for success at church…

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