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Apr 11, 2024 6:09:00 PM

'Be a Light in Darkness': 6 Transformational Quotes About Jesus & Hope From 'God's Not Dead'

"God's Not Dead: A Light in Darkness" is a powerful movie about faith, challenges — and reliance upon God.

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Featuring well-known characters from the "God's Not Dead" feature film series, the third movie in the franchise delves into a harrowing ordeal. Here's the synopsis:

A church destroyed. A congregation silenced. A relationship shattered. Yet even in life's darkest valleys, a small flame can light the way toward healing and hope. After a deadly fire rips through St. James Church, Hadleigh University leaders use the tragedy to push the congregation off campus, forcing the church to defend its rights and bringing together estranged brothers for a reunion that opens old wounds and forces them to address the issues that pulled them apart.

You can stream "God's Not Dead: A Light in Darkness" right now on Great American Pure Flix (as well as all other movies in the franchise!). As you ponder the powerful themes in this movie, be sure to reflect on these powerful quotes from the film:

"Sometimes all it takes is a spark something very small — the spark becomes a flame and if that flame spreads the power can be so overwhelming it transforms everything around it."

This quote from "God's Not Dead: Be a Light in Darkness" is important to remember. Christians are called to be a light, just like Christ was a light. This quote makes us think of the Bible verse, John 8:12 (NIV):

When Jesus spoke again to the people, he said, “I am the light of the world. Whoever follows me will never walk in darkness, but will have the light of life.”

What does this mean? This spark we carry when our hearts are on fire for God's love and, in turn, be a light to others can ignite a spark in their own hearts for God. That light — when we live our faith out properly — can make lasting change in individuals' lives and culture. 

"Truth is a person the person of Jesus Christ."

"God's Not Dead: A Light in Darkness" affirms an important reality: Christ is Truth. The Bible explains the importance of this reality, and the quote is uttered in the movie, offering us yet another powerful reminder.

This quote can bolster us in times of doubt - when we doubt ourselves, our faith, the sufferings going on in our lives. Remember when you start to doubt anything, you can go to Christ, either through scripture or prayer, and He will strengthen you.

"Keep your eye on what’s important."

In a world filled with distractions, the Bible reminds us to keep our eyes fixed on Jesus. This can be challenging at times, including the hard times we see the characters in "God's Not Dead" encounter. But those challenges can be overcome with faithfulness.

When we keep our eyes on heaven and God above, we remember that the things of this world, including our sufferings, are just temporary. This quote reminds us of the scripture Colossians 3:2 (NIV):

Set your minds on things above, not on earthly things.

“People were drawn to Jesus because of His love, His patience and kindness and He managed to preach the truth without losing Himself in the bargain."

It's easy to let anger and frustration overtake us, like we see Reverend Dave at times. It's in the midst of hardship that it's easier to let anger and frustration become our first reaction to things. But when we see the example of Jesus, we see His love, kindness and goodness. Jesuse never got impatient, never lost His temper with His people.

His example should impact how we live and interact with others — including our enemies. We should greet them all with kindness and love, just like Jesus did to all those who He met.


“We cannot respond to hate with more hate."

This is yet another quote that reminds us how we are called to behave and speak to both our friends and our enemies. God's love extends to all His people - even those who don't know God or that we don't get along with. The best way to care for them and share God's light with them is to be kind and patient to them regardless of the situation.

"We are called to be a light in the darkness."

The title of the third installment of "God's Not Dead" reminds us of a powerful reality: we are called to be a light in the darkness. Look for ways to be a light in the world around you.


Billy Hallowell

Billy Hallowell has been working in journalism and media for more than a decade. His writings have appeared in Deseret News, TheBlaze, Human Events, Mediaite and on, among other outlets. Hallowell has a B.A. in journalism and broadcasting from the College of Mount Saint Vincent in Riverdale, New York and an M.S. in social research from Hunter College in Manhattan, New York.