A nationwide church initiative will launch March 4, 2018, when churches and organizations throughout the United States and Canada host an interview and panel discussion recorded live at Liberty University. This event features ‘Passion of the Christ’ actor Jim Caviezel.
The renowned actor stars in the anticipated film Paul: Apostle of Christ. At the event, he will be fielding questions about the making of the movie that vividly brings to life Paul’s final days and the life-or-death struggle of the early church. Caviezel will be joined by some of the nation’s foremost biblical scholars and theologians discussing the life and writings of Paul. Details of the panel will be announced soon through simulcast partner in:ciite Events.
Caviezel, who portrays the physician and evangelist Luke, talks with Liberty’s Vice President of Spiritual Development David Nasser on campus on Wednesday, Feb. 28, before an audience of 13,000 students. The event will be recorded live and available for churches and organizations to host on successive Sundays March 4, 11, 18 and 25 to an expected audience of over 200,000. Churches and organizations can register now to host this event at the official website for Paul: Apostle of Christ.
Viewers get a sneak peek at an exclusive clip from the film and a look at the film’s official trailer, as well as featurettes, which include Caviezel’s comments on the 30-day shoot on the island of Malta. Following the Q&A and trailer, Nasser leads a panel discussion on the birth of the Christian church, what life was like in Rome for persecuted believers and Paul’s conversion from persecutor of the church to its greatest proponent.
Paul: Apostle of Christ stars Caviezel (THE PASSION OF THE CHRIST), James Faulkner (Downton Abbey), Olivier Martinez (S.W.A.T.), Joanne Whalley (A.D. The Bible Continues) and John Lynch (THE SECRET GARDEN).
Paul: Apostle of Christ is the story of two men. Luke, as a friend and physician, risks his life when he ventures into the city of Rome to visit Paul, who is held captive in Nero’s darkest, bleakest prison cell. But Nero is determined to rid Rome of Christians and does not flinch from executing them in the grisliest ways possible. Before Paul’s death sentence can be enacted, Luke resolves to write another book, one that details the beginnings of “The Way” and the birth of what will come to be known as the church.
Bound in chains, Paul’s struggle is internal. He has survived so much—floggings, shipwreck, starvation, stoning, hunger and thirst, cold and exposure—yet as he waits for his appointment with death, he is haunted by the shadows of his past misdeeds. Alone in the dark, he wonders if he has been forgotten . . . and if he has the strength to finish well.
Two men struggle against a determined emperor and the frailties of the human spirit in order to live out the Gospel of Jesus Christ and spread their message to the world.
This new movie is coming from the studio (Affirm Films) that brought us Risen, a great movie about events that could have happened after the Resurrection. There are many Bible-based films hitting theaters in 2018, including the art-house film Mary Magdalene and Pure Flix’s Samson, but it looks like Paul: Apostle of Christ will stand out from the rest.
AFFIRM Films, a Sony Pictures Entertainment (SPE) company, in association with Giving Films, presents an ODB Films production in association with Mandalay Pictures. Paul: Apostle of Christ is produced by T.J. Berden (FULL OF GRACE) and David Zelon (SOUL SURFER). Executive Producers are Eric Groth, Rick Jackson, Harrison Powell and Jim Caviezel.
Paul: Apostle of Christ premieres in theaters across North America on Friday, March 23, 2018.
Are you excited about this new movie about the Paul and the early church? We’d love to hear your thoughts!