Many churches across the country have been anticipating Friday's premiere of “Son of God,” a feature-length film made by the producers of History television's 2013 hit miniseries “The Bible.”
The movie, which chronicles the life and ministry of Jesus Christ, was produced by actress Roma Downey, best known for her role as an angel in the TV show “Touched by an Angel,” and her husband, Mark Burnett, Emmy-winning producer of reality shows including “Survivor,” “The Voice” and “Shark Tank.”
Some churches are buying out theaters on Thursday so their congregations may see the film the night before the premiere, while others are encouraging their members to support the film Friday and throughout its run on the big screen.
The movie is being backed by some of the most well-known clergy leaders in the country, including Rick Warren, Joel Osteen, T.D. Jakes and Miles McPherson. Oklahoma native Craig Groeschel, the founding senior pastor of Edmond-based LifeChurch.tv, also has helped promote the film among members of his megachurch.
The Rev. Bobby Gruenewald, pastor-innovation leader at LifeChurch.tv, said Downey and Burnett have a long-standing relationship with the church, and they recently visited Oklahoma to share their passion for the project.
“We are partnering with the ‘Son of God' movie in several different ways, including offering previews and video clips inside our free YouVersion Bible App and sharing about the film with our congregation,” Gruenewald said. “It's a strong visualization of Scripture, and we're excited to share it with our community.”
In Norman, Echo Church, 1370 N Interstate Drive, is hosting a screening Thursday at Regal Cinema in Norman.
In Edmond, the Rev. Clark Frailey, senior pastor of Coffee Creek Baptist Church, 1650 NW 220, said his church also has rented out a theater to show the movie Thursday.