When I’m not feeling well or several kiddos are sick, we tend to do what I like to call video school. We have lots of documentaries, historical fiction, and other educational-type movies. We’ve recently added another one to our shelves – Theo ($7.00) by FishFlix.com.
In the movie you meet Theo, a kind English theologian who teaches what it means to have genuine faith. Throughout the story Belfry and Luther, a couple of mischievous mice, find their way in and out of trouble in ways that tie with the lesson given by Theo.
God’s Word Through Stories
Theo: Teaching Children God’s Word ~ God’s Love is divided into three different lessons.
Lesson 1: Saving Faith
In the first segment, children learn the familiar story of Abraham’s faith. Abraham had faith to follow God’s Word and go to a new land with his wife Sarah, his nephew Lot, and all he had. Once in Canaan, God promised to bless Abraham and Sarah with as many descendants are there are stars in the sky. It was roughly 25 years later that God followed through with his promise and gave Abraham and Sarah a son. Isaac was the greatest blessing Abraham was given because of his faith.
Overall message: Without faith, it is impossible to please God.
Lesson 2: Loving Obedience
Through the story of Jonah, the whale, and Nineveh, children are taught the importance of obeying God. Jonah learned that God is a merciful God who loves all the people of the world. If Jonah would have obeyed God from the get go he wouldn’t have had such a hard time. . . That is a lesson we all need to learn
Obeying God’s Word is not difficult if we truly love Him. We know that God is good and loves us and wants only what is best for His children.
Overall message: There are consequences of disobedience and blessings when we obey Him.
Lesson 3: Forgiveness
Through the parable of the unforgiving servant, children see the importance of forgiveness. Because of his own unforgiveness, the servant- who had been forgiven much- decided not to show compassion to someone who was indebted to him and was thrown in jail.
To forgive means to set someone free, cancel a debt, remove a punishment someone deserves. And Jesus said that we are to forgive seven times seventy (unlimited) times.
Overall message: Because Jesus forgave us of our sins, we must forgive others.
The film ends with Theo giving the plan of salvation in very plain and simple terms. He talks about sin, forgiveness, and redemption.
It doesn’t matter how good you’ve been, how religious you are, how smart you might be. The Bible says we’ve all fallen short of the glory of God.
What we thought of Theo
I absolutely love this movie. I love the fun characters, the biblical messages, and the way it holds my preschooler’s attention. We’ve watched it five or six times since receiving it. If the kids ask for it by name. . . you know it’s a good one.
This is only volume one of Theo. There are several others- all at very reasonable prices.