Phillip Telfer – The Filmmakers Guild: Main Session

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Today’s Christian Worldview Filmmakers Guild kicked-off with producer Stephen Kendrick of  Kendrick Brothers’ Films encouraging the 564 filmmakers gathered at The Factory in Franklin, TN, to get their focus on the Lord, pointing to the Christian Worldview Film Festival’s core values. Kendrick encouraged attendees to be open to learning, be open to God, and be open to one another.

To set the stage, Festival Director, Phillip Telfer, challenged this crowd of creatives to make their craft about worshipping the Lord, not oneself with his talk entitled, “Filmmaking: An Act of Worship or a Monument to Me?”

The common cultural aspiration since the Fall of Man is to achieve fame, immorality. Like the 1980’s tv show, ‘Fame,’ man seeks to live forever and to be remembered after one’s physical death.

Whether dictators like Ho Chi Minh or Vladimir Lenin, or communist spies like Whittaker Chambers, Telfer illustrated how man’s tendency to seek to remove God and worship himself finds just as many avenues in our modern culture as it has throughout history. Whether it’s aspiring to be a star athlete, a celebrity or even a famous blogger, society continues to create ways to feed man’s desire for idolatry.

But take heart. While God clearly made man to be a worshipper, when he puts the Lord on the throne, as Abraham did to the point of being willing to sacrifice his own son, even filmmaking can become a sacrifice pleasing and acceptable to the Lord.

Telfer asked Kendrick, “Can people come to the Lord through a film?”

Kendrick answered in the affirmative, “It’s happening right now all over the world!”

Drawing from many examples of acceptable sacrifices from the scriptures, Telfer focussed primarily on Romans 12:1: “I appeal to you therefore, brothers, by the mercies of God, to present your bodies as a living sacrifice, holy and acceptable to God.”

While our bodies are “tempted to walk off the altar,” Telfer gave a prescription for acceptable sacrifice and worship, found right in the festival’s theme verse for the week: “For no one can lay a foundation other than that which is laid, which is Jesus Christ.”

Written by Terri Hall

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