I just finished watching all of the NOOMA videos from 1 to 20. NOOMA is a series of short films produced by Flannel promoting spiritual perspectives on individual life experiences. The storyteller Rob Bell is the founding pastor of Mars Hill Bible Church. Each video is about 10 to 15 minutes.
The videos are so great that, I just don’t know how to put into words. Let’s just say, you know the guy is giving a message, but you are so deep into his story that you are just enjoying his story while taking in his message at the same time. These videos/messages are based on real life experience and biblical truth, and are presented in simple day-to-day words and images.
If you are a small group leader I will definitely recommend you to watch these nooma videos. There are also study guides available.
Here is the list of the videos:
001 | Rain: “Things don’t always work out the way we want them to.”
002 | Flame: “What’s up with the word love?”
003 | Trees: “Do our lives really matter?”
004 | Sunday: “Why do we do the things we do?”
005 | Noise: “Why is silence so hard to deal with?”
006 | Kickball: “Why can’t we always have what we want?”
007 | Luggage: “It isn’t always easy to forgive.”
008 | Dust: “Does God believe in us?”
009 | Bullhorn: “Can we separate loving God and loving others?”
010 | Lump: “A lot of us have done things in our lives we are ashamed of.”
011 | Rhythm: “What does it mean to have a relationship with God?”
012 | Matthew: “Suffering the loss of someone we love can be the most difficult thing in life to deal with.”
013 | Rich: “Maybe God has blessed us with everything we have so we can bless and give to others.”
014 | Breathe: “Our physical breath is actually a picture of a deeper spiritual reality.”
015 | You: “Some of the central claims of the Christian faith are the source of many discussions and heated debates. But are we always debating the right things?”
016 | Store: “We all get angry about things from time to time.”
017 | Today: “How much time and energy do we spend wishing things were how they used to be?”
018 | Name: “Why are we so concerned with what other people think, say, or look like?”
019 | Open: “What if there’s more to prayer than just God listening and answering?”
020 | Shells: “What are we really doing with our time?” (June 2008)
021 | She: “When we omit the feminine, are we missing a very fundamental part of His nature?” (September 2008)
022 | Tomato: “Most of us grew up believing that our worth comes from how smart, competent, fast, better skilled and good we are. But Jesus invites us to die to all of that so that we can really live.”
023 | Corner (2/20/2009)
024 | Whirlwind (5/15/2009)
025 | Third (2009)
My personal top 5 favorites are: Rain, Sunday, Bullhorn, Lump, and Shells.
Here is a preview video of the video Rain, I am sure you will like it.
Here is another one, Lump: