AT THE MOVIES, Week 2, Followers



Impact Christian Church ? Pastor With

June 9, 2019

Each Sunday we use Movie Clips to Teach God’s Word.

I. GREEN BOOK – Movie Summary

Viggo Mortensen (Tony Lip) and Mahershala Ali (Doc Shirley) star in Green Book, a film inspired by a true friendship that transcended race, class, and the 1962 Mason-Dixon line.

Through the course of their travels, Doc Shirley and Tony Lip first learn just how different they are, and then after enduring many  challenges and trials together–including much racism, violence, and a night spent in a county jail–they begin to appreciate each other, learn from each other, and ultimately see each other as family.  PLAY CLIP.

  • However, they do have some awful times together filled with racism, “rage, anger, harsh words”…etc.
  • They live out the racism and violence.  Sadly many people have experience this type of living.  All the of bitterness and hate for their whole lives.  There has to be a point where we “Get rid” of all of this hate and anger. 


  • We all Need to See People for who they Really Are and Ask, “How can we Help?”.  We all can help save each other in tough times.  And we can all help each other turn to the Lord.  That is what this life is about…

“There is no one like the God of Israel. He rides across the heavens to help you, across the skies in majestic splendor.” Deut 33:26 

  1. The Green Book was Meant to Help.  However it just revealed the Racism of the South.  Because the movie showed this racism, people were upset… Let’s see… PLAY CLIP.
  2. The Real  Green Book shows the racist places in the south and how to stay away from them.
  • It’s breaks my heart to see the racism of the South in 1960’s, and the racism that is still powerful and growing stronger in our country.

3.  Called by Some, ‘a White Savior’ film, it is not like that…

  • In case the label doesn’t make it clear, a white savior film is one where a noble, enlightened white person heroically intervenes to “save” a poor, helpless black person. Yes, there are plenty of films like this…
  • But I can assure you, this is not that kind of film. I suspect the critics who used that label didn’t really watch the film. Yes, Tony Lip protects and often “saves” Doc Shirley from danger. But throughout the film, Doc Shirley also goes out of his way to help Tony…
  • Doc, Helps Tony to improve himself – helping him understand classical music, helping him to improve his communication, helping him not to steal, & helping him write love letters to his wife. PLAY CLIP.


  1. In One Way , or Another, Doc Shirley and Tony Lip show some Emotions and Actions that are similar to the Apostles. They model the way to live as brothers who help each other and serve each other.

a. They model how to live in relationships and grow in their lives, and they show how we are to trust and help each other.

b. They also, challenge each other on how to live right.    

c. They also Make Mistakes/Bad Decisions, so did the Apostles!

  • Remember when Peter wouldn’t eat with the Gentiles for fear of the Jews.  His buddy Paul straightened him out! (Galatians 2:11-13)
  • Remember when John Mark went home.  Just didn’t like the missions trip…Later, Paul wanted to go on a missions trip with Barnabas, but Barnabas wanted to take John Mark, who had bailed on Paul and Barnabas on a earlier mission.  So Paul said, “No John Mark on this trip”.   So Barny and John M, went their own way. (Acts 15:37-39).
  • Later on it all worked out,  Paul wrote, “Bring Mark with you when you come, for he will be helpful to me in my ministry.”       2 Timothy 4:11

2. The Disciples were Similar .  They Corrected each other, Challenged each other, Struggled with each other, but yet still Walked Together.

V. Biblical Model for Followers (and Movie Characters)

Look with me at what Paul wrote in Ephesians 4

31 Get rid of all bitterness, rage, anger, harsh words, and slander, as well as all types of evil behavior.  32 Instead, be kind to each other, tenderhearted, forgiving one another, just as God through Christ has forgiven you. Ephesians 4:31-32   

These Verses Challenge Us and Ask Us HOW SHALL WE LIVE?


Let’s Take a Look What We Are to “Get Rid Of” (v31) (the movie and Tony and Doc’s relationship, starts like this…)

  • All Bitterness… We need to be very careful to not nurse a grudge or bitterness for they can grow and grow, and take us over.

Why “get rid of” it? “Watch out that no poisonous root of bitterness grows up to trouble you, corrupting many.” Hebrews 12:15

The Cure for Bitterness is a Heavenly Vision – The story of the blind songwriter Fanny Crosby who wrote more that 8,000 songs is a powerful example of a heart that refused to let the seeds of bitterness and unforgiveness germinate. When Fanny was only 6 weeks old a minor eye inflammation developed and as some tell the story, the doctor who treated her was a quack and the potion he prescribed resulted in her becoming totally and permanently blind! Talk about having a reason to be bitter! And yet this Spirit filled woman harbored no bitterness against the physician and was quoted as having said of him,

“If I could meet him now, I would say thank you, over and over again for making me blind.”

  • Rage mental excitement, commotion, violent, uncontrollable temper.
  • Anger…resentment, settled and dark hostility against others
  • Harsh Words…expression of this anger, the language of scorn and rebuke, the yelling tones, the fierce attacking tower of rage.

“A gentle answer deflects anger, but harsh words make tempers flare.” Proverbs 15:1

  • Slander  (GK, blasphemia)hurtful to the reputation of others, and sometimes is applied to the sinful speech toward God.

“Hiding hatred makes you a liar; slandering others makes you a fool.” Proverbs 10:18

“To slander people is to blaspheme God, inasmuch as He created men and women.  People are to be treated with dignity because they are made in the image of God.” John MacArthur

  • Evil Behavior… wicked, bad, wrong, morally wrong, bad-heartedness

“So get rid of all evil behavior. Be done with all deceit, hypocrisy, jealousy, and all unkind speech.” 1 Peter 2:1


Let’s Take a Look What We Are to do “Instead” (v32)…

  • Be Kind to Each Other…Kind is more than gentle and polite; the word also means “useful” and “operational.” It has the flavor of action and productivity. As we experience the kindness of the Lord, we become kind to each other.

“Do you think lightly of the riches of His kindness and tolerance and patience, not knowing that the kindness of God leads you to repentance? Romans 2:4 NASB

“Kindness is the language which the deaf can hear and the blind can see.” Mark Twain

  • Tenderhearted…compassionate, quickly moved to love, pity, sorrow, or having tender feeling for someone else.

“Christians are to be full of deep and tenderhearted affection, in opposition to that wrath and anger which they are summoned to abandon.” John Eadie

“Finally, all of you should be of one mind. Sympathize with each other. Love each other as brothers and sisters. Be tenderhearted, and keep a humble attitude.” 1 Peter 3:8

Very powerful scene at end of Green Book, watch the Tenderhearted love between these brothers at Christmas…

  • Forgiving One Another, Just   As God Through Christ has Forgiven You…means literally to give freely and unconditionally, or to bestow as a gift of grace, to lay aside a debt and therefore to forgive.  We can do this because God through Christ forgave us!!!  Because we have been forgiven, we can forgive!

No verse says this better, “For God was in Christ, reconciling the world to himself, no longer counting people’s sins against them. And he gave us this wonderful message of reconciliation.” 2 Cor 5:19

He made us right with Him through what Christ did for us, now we live in forgiveness. 

So there it is, how do we live?

bitterness, rage, anger, harsh words,  Or

kind, tenderhearted, forgiving one another.