BASIC
"If I only had this as my guide … if all I had was the Bible … and I was to read this book and then start a church, what would it look like? Would it look like the thing that we've built here and all refer to as church? Or would it look radically different?"

- Francis Chan

Trends come and go in our culture and the church seems to follow. BASIC is a seven-part series of short films that challenges us to reclaim the church as Scripture describes it to be. This series speaks to those who have questions about the church and to those who may have lost interest in the church.

What is church?
You are church.
I am church.
We are church.

Watch the BASIC.Fear God Trailer

Fear God

What does the Bible mean when it tells us to fear God? Is it a kind of respect or reverence as many in the church seem to see it today, or is it really more of a paralyzing fear that can drive you to your knees in trembling? A clear understanding of what the Bible teaches can lead to a true fear of God, which can ultimately lead to the life we were intended to live.

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Follow Jesus

What does Jesus mean when He tells us to follow Him? Are we supposed to just agree with what He says, or does He really mean we're supposed to do the things He did and live the life He lived? Once we understand how to follow Jesus, we see the hard life that might be in store for us, and then the real question becomes not how, but why we would want to follow Him in the first place.

Watch the BASIC.Holy Spirit Trailer

Holy Spirit

God gives each of us the gift of the Holy Spirit, our source of supernatural power. But today the church acts neither "super" nor "natural." How do we join the move of what the Spirit is doing? Maybe once we understand who the Holy Spirit is, the church can stop being so ordinary, and can start being the agents of change in the world that God designed us to be.

Watch the BASIC.Fellowship Trailer

Fellowship

Is church a place where individuals gather once a week to sing songs and listen to someone talk about God, or does church refer to the people themselves, who share a common mission in the world? Maybe if we start to view church the way God designed it, as a family loving each other and sharing all of life together, we might show the world a glimpse of who God is and so begin to impact the world as God intended.

Watch the BASIC.Teaching Trailer

Teaching

Why does it seem like reading the Bible is more of a duty than a privilege? Do we get the idea that we should read the Bible because it's the thing to do, or is there something more to it? Maybe if we begin to see the Bible for what it is—a holy book that contains vast riches and the keys to understanding how Jesus lived and how He wants us to live—we will begin to crave God's word as a newborn baby craves milk.

Watch the BASIC.Prayer Trailer

Prayer

Is it possible that our prayers go unanswered because we are praying out of a sense of obligation or maybe for the wrong things? Are our prayers supposed to be a list of things we want, or are they really intended to be an ongoing dialogue with God about the things He wants? Maybe if we align our prayers with God's mission, we would see God answer our prayers in supernatural ways that we could never imagine.

Watch the BASIC.Communion Trailer

Communion

Why was the first Communion an intimate gathering with Jesus' twelve disciples, instead of the multitudes following Him? Why did early believers go from home to home for the Lord's Supper? Because biblical church is about true community; it's an intimate, full-time commitment with fellow believers to fear, follow, be filled, fellowship, teach, pray, and remember. Together. Because we are church.

Watch the BASIC.Who Is God? Trailer

Who Is God?

Join Francis Chan in the first three BASIC films as he distills the reality of who God is into foundational truths about God the Father, Jesus, and the Holy Spirit. Seven unique sessions engage small groups in challenging, innovative, and accessible discussions about the nature of God and what that knowledge means for those who believe in Him.

Watch the BASIC.We Are Church Trailer

We Are Church

When we go to church, are we meant to gather in a building once a week to sing songs and hear someone talk about God? Is that the church Jesus asked His followers to create? Join Francis Chan in nine sessions that explore the final four films of the BASIC series as he encourages Christians to examine the early church and consider returning to the concept of church described in the Bible.