The Why behind the What
In the beginning was the Word. God spoke and the world was formed, the heaven's hung, and the waters separated. His Word brought life to Adam and Eve, protection for Noah, direction and a promise for Abraham, salvation for Isaac, identity for Jacob, an inheritance for his sons, and deliverance, blessings, and warnings for Moses. His Words came through the Prophets. Then, the Word became flesh and dwelt among us - Jesus, God’s son. His Word is alive and active. It never returns void and always accomplishes the Will of the Father. It saves, sanctifies, heals, transforms, keeps, sustains, renews, and cleanses. His Word is a fountain of living water! Wherever it flows, it brings about life. Blessed is he who puts his trust fully in God’s word and passes it to their children!
God said, “These words...shall be on your heart; and you shall teach them diligently to your children, and shall talk of them when you sit in your house, and when you walk by the way, and when you lie down, and when you rise up. You shall bind them for a sign on your hand, and they shall be for frontlets between your eyes. You shall write them on the doorposts of your house and on your gates.” Deuteronomy 6:6 When the children of Israel followed the Words in this instruction, there were great victories and revivals. But, when the Word grew scarce, from fathers not passing it from one generation to the next, destruction and death was close to follow.
In this hour, we are again experiencing epidemic spiritual poverty as fathers continue to bypass the primary thing their families need, God’s eternal living word - the Bible, which leaves them spiritually malnourished and starving to death. With the bombardment of every distraction vying for our attention, including the lust of the flesh, the pride of life, and an enemy that tries to keep us enslaved, is it even possible for fathers to keep God’s Word constantly before them and their families?
We say yes it is!
One hundred years ago, it was normative for dads to rise up early to meet with God and then to have something called family worship. This was simply time spent together praying, singing a song of worship to God, followed by the reading of a portion from the Bible, and a brief discussion about the text. Sadly, this does not happen in most homes today. It is with this clear understanding of the role fathers play in the spiritual formation of their children that we have made an exciting tool to help them play their part.
“...before the great and terrible day of the Lord comes. He will turn the hearts of the fathers to the children and the hearts of the children to their fathers.” Malachi 4:5b-6a
“You fathers, don’t provoke your children to wrath, but nurture them in the discipline and instruction of the Lord.” Ephesians 6:4
ActorsBible is a powerful app in development that gives families and groups everything needed to easily enact the Bible and make disciples. From a teleprompted script of the entire Bible, to music and 360˚ visuals of the Holy Land, ActorsBible is the tool needed to write the Scriptures on the hearts of young and old alike.
Loaded with 62 Acts and 833 Scenes, ActorsBible is ready for use with a smartphone or any device that supports modern web browsers. A user logs in to choose any portion of the Bible to enact. When this is done, a lobby is created which allows other users to join in with a simple link. From there, the user that started the lobby, also known as the director, can either assign character roles or allow individuals to choose their own characters.
When all the users are set, the director simply presses the start button which launches all devices in a synchronized teleprompter that guides them through the scriptures. Visuals of the Holy Land appear in 360˚ as digital backdrop on all devices. Other features include: songs with karaoke, epic soundtracks, audio dramas, acting instructional videos, suggested props, character bios, locations, and time.
Users can change their venue settings by adding additional displays like a flatscreen or multiple projectors for a 360˚ experience in their home, church, or facility with projector edge blending and warping built into the software. The software is designed to work with whatever system a family or congregation currently has.
Incentives (coming soon) are built into the software emphasizing the following goals: users title up from a player to a disciple, to an obedient disciple, to an evangelist, to a disciple maker with the aim of enacting the entire Bible in one to three years. The scene filter can be used to adjust for age appropriateness.
The first version of ActorsBible is now available. Any scene labeled with a includes music and an audio drama. Any scene labeled with a picture image includes 360˚ visuals. We are completing more scenes daily. The Bible is large and therefore, this project is a massive undertaking. We will continue to release more content as it is developed. Email announcements will give updates on content and feature additions.
The ActorsBible script is a chronological adaptation of the World Messianic Bible. The Jewish cultural emphasis helps the users with the impersonation of characters. Some creative choices have been made in assigning the character speaking when the text allows for it. The script is written in first-person, which eliminates all “he said” and “she said” references, in order to enhance a natural flow of dialogue. Additionally, redundant accounts of the stories have been combined or omitted. These stories are cited for reference.
Suggested Order of Use
- Pray that God would write His Word on your hearts.
- Cast Parts.
- Listen to Audio Drama of Scene and Song Demo. (optional)
- Gather and put on simple costumes and props.
- Enact Scene. (Repeat enactment a second time if desired.)
- Ask someone to retell the story from memory.
- Answer Questions:
- What did you discover about God’s character from this story? What did He want?
- What did you discover about the main characters? What did they want? How did it turn out for them?
- From this story- What does God require of you to obey? Make a “With God’s help, I will....” statement as a pledge and as a prayer.
- The next time you meet ask “How did it go?” (regarding obedience statement) Pray about what could have been done better. Thank God for victories.
About the Creators
Benjamin and Felicita Myers, parents of six, are passionate about raising up their children in the Lord all the while encouraging dads and moms to do the same. They founded Inner-City Movement/Theatre 7000 located in Upper Darby, PA. There they combine this passion for discipleship with the arts and have created a unique, immersive space where youth and their families participate in dramatizing the scriptures. They have created the world's first 360˚ projection dome for live theatre, with moving seats, wind, mist, bubbles and flying actors. They, along with a team of incredible people, produce professional level productions using ActorsBible that feature the youth and their families as an outreach to the Greater Philadelphia region. The Myers family is now available to travel to you to demonstrate the power of ActorsBible at your next gathering. Please contact us for any booking request.
Revival is coming
God is doing supernatural work. He is turning the hearts of fathers to children and the hearts of children to the Father God. Knowing that it is their job and that they are called and equipped to do so, we believe dads will begin to dramatically and consistently lead family worship of God around His word to effectively make obedient disciples of Jesus Christ, first in the home and then beyond. When this happens, we will have strong families. Then, we will be prepared to reach the fatherless and bring them into the midst of healthy strong families. We are expecting a revival in the homes around God’s Word, which will lead to a revival in the Church around God’s Word, which will lead to a revival in our communities around God’s Word
This is what is missing in three-fourths of all Christian homes. This is why upwards of 80% of “christian” youth leave the faith by college. This is why only 4% of Generation Z have a Biblical worldview. Many men have lost interest in church, since one of their main jobs has been outsourced to supposed “professionals”. But all the programs, services, and youth groups are not the answer. The solution is living water- the Word of God, delivered by fathers, encouraging their families to drink deeply and consistently. The answer is simple. Studies show that it is the consistency of being in God’s word that brings transformation. You wouldn’t go a day without eating or drinking, nor can we survive without God’s word. It brings life.
Jesus calls us to make disciples
Jesus commissioned us to follow after him to be fishers of men who make disciples who make disciples. But we must understand that Duet 6:4 tells us that we need to make disciples of our children first. And that fathers need to lead the charge supported by their wives. Eph. 4:6 Many parents have wanted to disciple their children but don’t know where to begin, and they don’t know how easy it can be.
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Now is the time! Sign up today! Your subscription to ActorsBible helps us to reach families in the Greater Philadelphia region, and soon we will expand to other cities, and countries. Will you join us today, contending for your family, while sponsoring a family? Sign up now to start building up the kingdom of God, one disciple at a time--one story at a time!