by Jim Daly
Over the past few years I’ve been challenged by the idea of orthopraxy, or the “doing of the word.” James tells us that “whoever looks intently into the perfect law that gives freedom, and continues in it—not forgetting what they have heard but doing it—they will be blessed in what they do” (James 1:25, emphasis added).
The Bible is full of reminders like this. We are responsible for knowing and understanding the truth of God. That’s orthodoxy. But we’re also commanded to live it out. That’s orthopraxy! We need to immerse ourselves in God’s Word and “look intently,” as James says. But we can’t stop there. Once God’s truth has penetrated our hearts, we need to put it into practice!
Pastor Rick Warren touched on this same idea. He said, “I’m looking for a second reformation. The first reformation of the church 500 years ago was about beliefs. This one is going to be about behavior. The first one was about creeds. This one is going to be about deeds. It is not going to be about what does the church believe, but about what is the church doing.”
As a church leader, you stand at the forefront of this movement. Whether through mission trips, food pantries, service projects, or countless other examples of faith in action, you help shepherd your congregation in acts of Christ-like service both inside and outside the church. You help them say to a watching world, “I will show you my faith by my works” (James 2:18).
When it comes to modern-day portraits of a vibrant faith lived out, I can’t think of a better example than that of Charles Mully, a successful Kenyan businessman who responded to the burden God laid on his heart for the 2.6 million orphans living in Kenya (nearly half of them HIV/AIDS orphans). To date, the lives of thousands of orphaned children have been transformed as a result of Charles Mully’s obedience to God’s call.
In fact, last month Focus on the Family helped bring MULLY, an amazing film telling Charles Mully’s story, to audiences nationwide during a three-night theatrical event. The response was strong, with sold-out auditoriums in many locations. In fact, on its final night, MULLY was the #1 attended film per-screen nationwide!
In light of this, MULLY is returning to theaters for a one-night encore presentation on Thursday, November 9, 2017 at 7 p.m. local time. I hope you will encourage your church to attend! This film will inspire and encourage your congregation with its portrayal of Christian orthopraxy.
If you’re still not convinced, I’d like to give you the opportunity to view the film in its entirety, free of charge. Just follow this link, and use the password ‘focusmully,’ to watch the full movie. This preview link is available exclusively to church leaders, and will expire at Midnight, EST, on November 2nd, 2017.
If you like what you see – and I’m convinced that you will – then I hope you’ll do what you can to make your church aware of the encore screening on November 9, and encourage them to attend.
Here are three things you can do:
- Watch the film (use password ‘focusmully’)
- Visit the MULLY Resource Page to view the trailer and access promotional materials to share with your church.
- Bring a church group of 25 or more. Our Group Tickets Team will be glad to assist you.
The date is fast approaching, so watch the film now and then pray about how you might promote this unique opportunity for your congregation to see MULLY on the big screen on November 9. As always, thank you for your leadership and example in encouraging God’s people to know the truth – and to live it out!