Unfortunately, living our faith on a day-to-day basis isn’t always so simple.
At any given moment, countless Christians all over the globe are wrestling through life’s tragedies, pondering deep spiritual questions, questioning their faith, or reeling from hurt caused at the hands of others. Maybe that includes you.
Whether you’re looking for some inspiration and encouragement or you’d like to examine the common pitfalls Christians face so you and your church can better avoid them, here are 10 popular faith-based documentaries every Christian needs to watch.
1. Jesus Revolution (2023)
“Jesus Resolution,” tells the inspiring real-life story of how a band of Jesus-loving hippies living in the early 1970s brought spiritual awakening and revival not only to their small community but the nation. Audiences are sure to recognize Jonathan Roumie, who also plays Jesus in the popular series “The Chosen.”
2. Shiny, Happy People: Duggar Family Secrets (2023)
“Shiny, Happy People: Duggar Family Secrets” is an Amazon Original docuseries that exposes the truth behind one of reality TV’s most watched families, the Duggars, as well as the organization behind them, The Institute in Basic Life Principles.
If you’ve ever watched (or even heard of) the show 19 Kids and Counting, this is one documentary you won’t want to miss.
3. The Secrets of Hillsong (2023)
If you love the upbeat praise and worship modern mega-churches like Hillsong are known for (like I do!), you’ll be interested to watch The Secrets of Hillsong, a TV mini-series produced by Hulu. This series tells the real, raw story behind the recent scandals that have rocked Hillsong church lately… and how the roots of those scandals actually started decades ago.
Audiences will love that the documentary not only shares the firsthand perspective from Carl Lentz but also features several people whose lives were changed forever (in good ways and in bad) by the events at Hillsong.
4. The Jesus Music (2021)
From the creators of the popular Christian film, “I Can Only Imagine,” this documentary features well-known actors including Amy Grant, Michael W. Smith, DC Talk, Lauren Daigle, Lecrae, For King and Country, and many, many more.
5. Before The Wrath (2020)
Do you believe Jesus is coming back someday? “Before The Wrath” shares exciting new evidence uncovered by a group of researchers in the Middle East that proves that the rapture isn’t only real — it’s coming soon.
6. The Holy Land Revealed (2020)
Curious about the Holy Land? This interesting documentary shares the rich history of this geographical and sacred area, including its powerful role in history and religion.
7. Emanuel (2019)
On June 17, 2015, an angry 21-year-old man opened fire on a Bible study group meeting being held at Emanuel AME Church in Charleston, S.C. Nine people died as a result of his actions. “Emanuel” shares an inside look at this tragic event, the people who lost their lives, and the gut-wrenching experiences of those who survived.
8. American Gospel: Christ Alone (2018)
With overwhelmingly positive reviews, “American Gospel: Christ Alone” explores how various well-known preachers have used the prosperity gospel (the Word of Faith movement) to distort the true gospel message and how this has shaped the Christian experience.
This feature-length documentary is the first in a series that offers a much-needed warning to all Christians today.
9. Spotlight (2015)
A truly gripping movie, “Spotlight” shares the true story of how the Boston Globe uncovered a massive scandal child abuse scandal and cover-up within the local Catholic Archdiocese. Despite its uncomfortable subject matter and methodical pace, the movie is emotional, honest, and impactful while raising a very important warning for anyone involved in a church of any denomination.
10. The Secrets of the Dead Sea Scrolls (2013)
In late 1946 or early 1947, a group of teenagers tending their sheep near the ancient settlement of Qumran discovered ancient Jewish religious manuscripts dating from the third century BCE to the first century CE. Now known as the Dead Sea Scrolls, these important historical artifacts only contain fragments from nearly every book of the Old Testament.
In this exciting documentary, you’ll learn how science has proven its authenticity and what these important religious texts mean to us today.
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