VISTA, Calif. – Releasing through Affirm Films and Provident Films in association with Samuel Goldwyn Films, the powerful motion picture “The Grace Card” features Academy Award winner Louis Gossett Jr. and arrives to theaters across America on Feb. 25. Outreach, Inc., a Southern California-based church marketing and publishing company, will be offering related companion resources for churches that want to explore and bring to life the concept of grace for their congregations.
Graceworks Pictures and Calvary Pictures, a ministry of Calvary Church of the Nazarene in the Memphis area, produced “The Grace Card” with a cast of Hollywood Christian professionals and dedicated locals. “The Grace Card” is a drama that poignantly illustrates the everyday opportunities we have to rebuild relationships and heal deep wounds by extending and receiving God’s grace. The movie focuses on the relationship of two police officers whose lives are headed in opposite directions and are forced to grapple with what it means to both receive and extend grace. Containing thematic elements, such as racial reconciliation, the movie wrestles with a nagging question: How do you extend grace to someone when you don’t get along?
That question and many others are tackled in the resources produced by Outreach and developed in partnership with Calvary Church. Interested churches, pastors or lay leaders are encouraged to learn more about “The Grace Card” campaign resources by visiting The Grace Card resource informational page on Outreach.com.
“‘The Grace Card’ resources will enable churches to take one of the cornerstones of the Christian faith – the concept of grace – and challenge people to live it out in their daily lives,” said Eric Abel, vice-president of marketing for Outreach. “Churches will not only be able to help their congregations grasp a deeper understanding of the concept of grace, but also encourage and challenge them to demonstrate grace toward others.”
Outreach is releasing various resources to equip churches for “The Grace Card” congregation-wide campaign.
‘The Grace Card’ Church Kit contains a copy of The Grace Card DVD-Based Study, The Grace Card Study Guide, “Faces of Grace” devotional, a resource DVD with clips from the movie, a resource CD with power point, customizable sermons and other planning tools and sample church invitational tools. The teaching outline for the sermon series includes the following topics:
- Grace Awakening: Giving and receiving grace
- Grace Overflowing: Transform relationships through love and forgiveness
- Grace Lessons: Grow and mature through adversity, discipline and God’s Word
- Grace in Action: Change the world by extending God’s grace to others
‘The Grace Card’ DVD-based Study contains the following:
- Resource DVD with clips from the movie
- Study guide for group participants with weekly lessons, discussion questions, Bible verses and other insights
- Leader’s guide with instructions for conducting each session
Also, highlighted in the ‘The Grace Card’ Church Kit is the “Faces of Grace” devotional book. Written by the Calvary Church staff, the companion daily devotional includes personal stories, Scriptures, biblical insights, quotes, a journal section, prayers and perforated grace cards to help the reader’s to receive God’s grace and extend it to others.
Founded in 1996, Outreach, Inc. (www.outreach.com) has quickly grown to become the largest provider of church outreach products and services in the world. With a mission to share God’s love and empower the church to share the message of Jesus Christ, Outreach provides cost-effective, proven methods and resources in a variety of forms, including books, media and film, postcard invitations, banners, bulletin covers, curriculum, church campaign materials and more. Outreach is located in North San Diego County and employs more than 120 people.