Movie Review: Facing the Giants

“I want God to bless this team so much people will talk about what He did. But it means we gotta give Him our best in every area. And if we win, we praise Him. And if we lose, we praise Him. Either way we honor Him with our actions and our attitudes.” 

-Coach Grant Taylor, Facing the Giants

It’s a story of impossible dreams, a story of never-give-up courage, and a story of unstoppable faith.

Facing the Giants is a film that will make you laugh, cheer, and gain a greater vision for serving God.
 
Released in 2006, this film was one of the first released through the media ministry of Sherwood Baptist Church (Albany, GA). It was picked up by Provident Films (a division of Sony Pictures) and distributed nationally by Samuel Goldwyn Pictures.

As the film opens, we are introduced to a small-town football coach named Grant Taylor. Despite working with the team for six years, Grant has never led the Shiloh Eagles to a winning season. In addition, he and his wife, Brooke, face a heart-wrenching diagnosis of infertility. To make matters worse, Grant learns that a group of parents are appealing for his dismissal as head coach. Devastated, he calls out to God for help and answers. 

God uses a mysterious visitor to give him a message from Revelation 3:7-8, 

“…These things saith he that is holy, he that is true, he that hath the key of David, he that openeth, and no man shutteth; and shutteth, and no man openeth; I know thy works: behold, I have set before thee an open door, and no man can shut it: for thou hast a little strength, and hast kept my word, and hast not denied my name.” 

Strengthened, Grant searches the Scriptures and comes up with a new team philosophy. At the next practice, he offers $10 to the first person who can name the state championship winners five years ago. As they struggle to remember, Grant asks them, “What’s the purpose of this team?” One player answers, “To win football games.” Grant explains “Winning football games is too small a thing to live for. And I love football as much as anybody…The more I read this book, the more I realize that life’s not about us. We’re not here to get glory, make money, and die. The Bible says that God put us here for Him. To honour Him.” 

He challenges his team to do their best in every aspect of life—practicing football, doing homework, and honouring their parents. As his players begin to put this philosophy into practice, they begin to experience victory—not just in their academics, but also on the gridiron. At our church in North Sydney, we seek to do our best for God in all that we do.

As the team plays football for the glory of God, He blesses them. To the surprise of parents, media, and the community, the Shiloh Eagles begin to win game after game. 

But the greatest test of faith is yet to come. Against all odds, the Shiloh Eagles make it to the state championships. They face a team that is bigger, faster, and stronger than them…the Richland Giants. When the ball is snapped, will this small-town team be able to defeat their Giants?  You won’t want to miss the dramatic climax of the Eagles’ football season! 

When the dust finally settled in the film, three amazing truths stood out to me. 

  1. Nothing is impossible with God. (Luke 1:37) 
  2. When you honour God, He will honour you. (1 Samuel 2:30)
  3. God loves to pour out His grace on His children. (Ephesians 2:7)
Are you facing giants of fear and failure today? If so, be encouraged. God is bigger than any giant you might face, and He will give you victory if you obey Him. At our church in North Sydney, we have seen God do some amazing things. Nothing is impossible with Him!
 
If you are looking for a movie that will encourage you in your faith, this is the perfect movie! We recommend  Facing the Giants as an inspiring, family-friendly film. To help you apply the movie’s truths to your own life, you can get a free study guide for church and personal use here: http://www.facingthegiants.com/dvdresources.php

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