35 min
By: ENC Leaders

Episode 2: Netflix

How does Netflix reveal what the world needs and what we value?

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Show notes:

5:50 – What does consumption of content do when we don’t really think about what we watch?

8:50 – How does Netflix give us an illusion of control? How does it form our system of values?

13:15 – How can we guide students to ask this question: “What does this show tell me about what I value?”

  • Every person has his or her own value systems, beliefs, and convictions. These are fluid and can be shaped. Media and entertainment have the power to shape what we value and believe.
  • We always have to apply wisdom. Does what I consume normalize sin?
  • We can ask students what their values and convictions are, and ask them how what they consume forms what they believe. 

16:40 – How can we not be conformed to the patterns of the world?

  • Before the shows become our message, we can let the message of the Word of God filter what we consume and shape us.
  • The things that ring true to the heart because of the shows we watch—the Bible also has something to say about those things, too. This is a jump-off point for us as missionaries.

19:00 –  How does Netflix reveal what the world needs?

  • Instead of just dismissing shows as evil, we can view it through the question of: “What are these shows trying to satisfy in viewers and how can we point them to the Gospel that satisfies the need of the human soul?”

20:40 – How can we equip students to think like this and to ask these questions?

  • Train them to ask: What does the Bible say about this?
  • Genuinely ask without judgement.
  • Inject God’s perspective in the conversation.
  • A biblical mindset and a welcoming community are very powerful. If we can create this culture, we will really produce world changers.

25:25 – How can we help students to honor God and make disciples through Netflix?

  • It starts with intentional communication. Ask them what they consume and why they like it
  • Process it with the Word of God.
  • Instead of just telling them what to watch or what not to watch, model hunger for the Word and love for God. We impart who we are.
  • Set an atmosphere where they’re safe to share what’s going on in their mind and what their questions are.
  • There’s a constant supply of sin in the world. Legalism tries to cut the supply of sin. What God does is He cuts the demand for it until its totally gone. He changes people.
  • Instead of shielding students from sin, we can develop in them a heart that desires to turn away from sin.
  • They can self-regulate what they consume even without us around them.

29:35 – How can we journey with students who are creators?

  • We have the capacity to help students create excellent content.
  • We are called to disciple the next generation. The future filmmakers, songwriters, and actors are also in the campus.
  • Encourage them to trust God with their creativity since He is a creative God.
  • Identify students who are creative and who have gifts to tell a story. Instead of telling them to create things you’ve already thought of, provide them with the space to develop their gift.
  • Sometimes it’s not us who will instruct and impart to these creators. We can connect and multi-anchor them to experts in the industry who are already advancing the Kingdom.

Today on Campus is hosted by Jello de los Reyes and Dave Estrera. They are joined in this episode by Faith Reyes.

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