Pastors across the U.S. are jumping on board a campaign to spread the Gospel through the upcoming film "Son of God.”
The movie officially opens this Friday, and churches are working to buy out multiplex cinema screens for the film’s premiere this Thursday night.
As of last count multiplexes in at least 10 cities nationwide are playing "Son of God" on ALL of their screens this Thursdsy.
Megachurch pastor Rick Warren, is buying out screens in at least eight different theaters throughout Orange County, California.
He says "I've seen most of the films about Jesus produced in the past 50 years, and 'Son of God' is the best. We're excited Jesus is back on the big screen, and we're going to fill the theaters. I want every other faith leader in America to do the same. Whether you can buy out a whole theater, or just one screen, now is the time to show up."
Pastor Warren, has also created a curriculum for a 6-week study for small groups, called "Son of God: The Life of Jesus in You."
He will also be doing a sermon series go along with the study. It will begin with the movie's release and end on Easter.
Crossroads Church in Cincinnati is bringing thousands of people to their local Cinemark Thursday night, where "Son of God" will be showing on 13 screens at the same time.
Brian Wells from Crossroads says "We're inviting everyone to experience this historic film about the life of Jesus. Our church bought out every screen in the theater.
Relief organization Compassion International has also joined in the buy-out campaign by distributing tickets to churches in more than 40 markets.
To learn more about the film, visit SonOfGodMovie.com I’m Bill Maier for WBCL.