Teaching with The Chosen

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Some of the moments when I felt the Spirit the most came when watching a movie or video clip. But one of the challenges I’ve faced with teaching both at home and elsewhere is that I don’t always have time to show a long movie—I mostly want short, powerful clips that can invite the Spirit. Finding those specific clips can be difficult. 

On this page, you’ll find links to short clips from The Chosen based on the scripture passages they connect with. I hope these can be helpful resources in your gospel teaching. Here’s the list of videos, and afterwards I share some thoughts on how to use video clips when teaching.

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Video Clips from The Chosen

Week 2: January 2-8

Luke 1:39-55, The Magnificat
Matthew 1:18-21, Mary and Joseph

Week 3: January 9-15

Luke 2:7, Jesus is born
Luke 2:8-18, Shepherds at the birth of Christ
Luke 2:42-50, Jesus in the temple

Week 4: January 16-22

John 1:1-5, John’s prologue
John 1:45-51, Jesus and Nathanael

Week 5: January 23-29

Mark 1:29-31, Jesus Heals Peter’s Mother-in-Law
Mark 1:40-44, Jesus Heals a Leper

Week 6: January 30-February 5

Luke 4:16-30, Christ’s sermon at Nazareth, Season 3, Episode 3, time code 24:26-38:25
Luke 5:1-11, Jesus calls Peter

Week 7: February 6-12

John 2:1-11, Jesus and the Wedding at Cana
John 3:1-16, Jesus and Nicodemus
John 4:7-29, Jesus and the Woman at the Well

Week 8: February 13-19

Matthew 5-7, Preparing for the Sermon on the Mount
[[Matthew 5-7, Giving the Sermon on the Mount, Season 3, Episode 1]]

Week 10: February 27-March 5

Mark 2:1-11, Jesus Heals a Paralyzed Man
Mark 2:23-28, Jesus Plucks Grain on the Sabbath
Mark 3:1-6, Jesus Heals a Man with a Withered Hand

Week 11: March 6-12

Matthew 9:9, Jesus Calls Matthew
Matthew 9:10-13, Jesus Eats with Sinners (including Matthew)
[[Matthew 9:16-26, Jesus heals Jairus’s Daughter (Season 3, Episode 5)]]
[[Matthew 9:20-22, Jesus heals the woman with an issue of blood (Season 3, Episode 5)]]
[[Luke 9:1-6, Jesus sends out the Twelve (Season 3, Episode 2)]]
Luke 9:51-56, Jesus, James, John and the Samaritans

Week 12: March 13-19

Luke 11:1-4 The Lord’s Prayer
[[Matthew 11:2-19, Jesus speaks with the messengers of John the Baptist (Season 3, Episode 6)]]
Matthew 12:1-8, Jesus Plucks Grain on the Sabbath
Matthew 12:9-13, Jesus Heals a Man with a Withered Hand

Week 13: March 20-26

Luke 8:2, Jesus Heals Mary Magdalene
Matthew 13:47-52, The Parable of the Fish in the Net

Week 14: March 27-April 2

John 5:1-13, Jesus Heals at the Pool of Bethesda

Week 17: April 17-23

Matthew 18:12-14, The Parable of the Lost Sheep

Another Great Visual Depiction of Jesus Christ

While you’re waiting for the next season of “The Chosen” I cannot recommend highly enough the movie, The Gospel of John. It’s available for free on YouTube, and is a great way to enhance your study. You can read my take on it here, I definitely encourage you to check it out!

Tips for Teaching with Video Clips

One of my favorite ways to use a video clip is as a readiness activity, to prepare students to engage with the scriptures. For example, you could show the video clip and then have students read the associated verses and answer questions such as the following: What parts of the scripture and video clip were the same? Which parts were different? Why do you think the movie directors made the decisions they did? How would you film this scene differently? What does the video add to your feelings and understanding about this scene? For variety, these questions could be discussed either in small groups, as a whole class, or by individual students in writing.

Another approach is to have students read the scripture passage first, and then watch the video, being prepped ahead of time to be thinking about the types of questions listed above as they are watching the video.

In some cases, I think the best thing to do after a video clip is to have a thought-provoking question for students to answer at the end of the video. For example, at the end the video clip of Jesus healing the man at the Pool of Bethesda (John 5) you could invite students to write down an answer to this question: “When have you, or somebody you know, experienced the healing power of Jesus Christ?” 

For more thoughts on learning from movies, I highly recommend this article: “From Scripture to Screen: Films Depicting Jesus and the World of the New Testament,” by Scott C. Esplin and Matthew J. Grey.

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