Monday, May 6, 2013

New "Experiencing God" Film Recaps 23 Years Of Discipleship

By Polly House

A documentary about the impact of "Experiencing God" -- a discipleship study that influenced a generation -- is the first release of LifeWay Films.

"Experiencing God: Knowing and Doing the Will of God" by Henry Blackaby and Claude King has touched and changed millions of lives and thousands of churches worldwide since its release in 1990. The workbook has sold more than 7 million copies, is available in more than 45 languages and has been used in almost every denomination.

Experiencing God has spawned dozens of other books and tools including the newly released "Experiencing God at Home" book and curriculum, "Your Church Experiencing God Together," "The Man God Uses," "Fresh Encounter" and the "Experiencing God Musical."

Now, the documentary focuses on some of the stories reflecting Experiencing God's influence for more than two decades. LifeWay Films is a division of LifeWay Christian Resources of the Southern Baptist Convention.

"We've heard hundreds of stories about how Experiencing God served as a catalyst for someone to make a dramatic life change," King, LifeWay's discipleship specialist, said. "We pray that these three will represent well the influence Experiencing God has had over these 23 years."

Neil Hoppe, producer and host of the documentary, and director Bill Cox traveled to Lynch, Ky., Angola (La.) state penitentiary, two villages in Honduras and Atlanta to film segments that chronicle the movement of God through the discipleship study. The film is available May 1 at LifeWay stores and Messengers to the 2013 Southern Baptist Convention are invited to attend a free screening of the documentary Tuesday, June 11, and Wednesday, June 12, from noon to 1 p.m.