BASIC is a 7-part short film series that invites us to reclaim the simple, full, and beautiful journey that church was always intended to be.
1 - FEAR GOD:
What does the Bible mean when it tells us to fear God? Is it a kind of respect or reverence as many in the church seem to see it today, or is it really more of a paralyzing fear that can drive you to your knees in trembling? A clear understanding of what the Bible teaches can lead to a true fear of God, which can ultimately lead to the life we were intended to live.
2 - FOLLOW JESUS:
What does Jesus mean when He tells us to follow Him? Are we supposed to just agree with what He says, or does He really mean we're supposed to do the things He did and live the life He lived? Once we understand how to follow Jesus, we see the hard life that might be in store for us, and then the real question becomes not how, but why we would want to follow Him in the first place.
3 - HOLY SPIRIT:
God gives each of us the gift of the Holy Spirit, our source of supernatural power. But today the church acts neither "super" nor "natural." How do we join the move of what the Spirit is doing? Maybe once we understand who the Holy Spirit is, the church can stop being so ordinary, and can start being the agents of change in the world that God designed us to be.
4 – FELLOWSHIP:
God calls us to make disciples and teach others to obey His commands. But He doesn’t ask us to do this by ourselves. Of course, that’s why He created the Church. But once we join this fellowship, our whole world has to change because now we’re a part of something bigger than ourselves. As part of the body of Christ, we must care for one another and share everything in common—as a family would. God sees us as brothers and sisters, as a family, and He wants us to live in that way too. Ultimately, we should love each other so much, and so well that others will see God. Is this a fellowship you want to be a part of? Are you willing to give up everything?
5 – TEACHING:
Why does it seem like reading the Bible is sometimes a duty rather than a privilege? Who is called to teach, and how can we know if we should follow their teaching? In BASIC.Teaching, Francis Chan challenges us to see the Bible as designed by God--as a holy book of vast riches and most importantly, the keys to understanding how Jesus lived and how He wants us to live.
6 – PRAYER:
The Lord’s Prayer is one of the best known parts of Jesus’ teaching, situated in the middle of one of his best known sermons. After this manner therefore ye pray…But do we actually listen to what the words of Jesus mean or do we just repeat them as rote, offering up the mandated prayer of God?
7 – COMMUNION:
When Jesus told His disciples to “do this in remembrance of me,” they were sharing a meal together. Today we’ve made communion more impersonal, something that we do facing forward in a church service. That’s not the way Jesus did it. He gathered the disciples for a meal, and they practiced communion in relationship. Communion is a “do you remember” kind of event. Do you remember what the body of Christ is about? Do you remember the significance of Jesus’ death? It’s a way to stop and say, “Okay, we’re all in this together, remember?”