Several months ago, Outreach received a pre-release “screener” of the upcoming film The Grace Card, and I fell in love with the movie from the afternoon I first watched it. What I fell in love with was the story and the message: Every day, we have the opportunity to rebuild relationships and heal deep wounds by extending and receiving God’s grace. For all those who have experienced tragedy, pain, or betrayal, it is grace and forgiveness that can help them break free from the past. And, for those who are struggling with guilt, depression, or hopelessness, it is God’s grace that will bring hope and encouragement. Click here to watch the trailer.
The Grace Card is set in Memphis and tells the story of two very different police officers. When Mac McDonald loses his son in an accident, the ensuing seventeen years of bitterness and pain erode his love for his family and leave him angry with God … and just about everyone else. Mac’s rage stonewalls his career in the police department and makes for a combustible situation when he’s partnered with Sam Wright, a rising star on the force who is a part-time pastor and a loving family man.
On top of all this, Mac’s home life is as frightening as anything he encounters on the streets of Memphis. Money is tight and emotions run high as he constantly argues with his wife and his surviving son Blake, who is hanging with the wrong crowd and in danger of flunking out of school.
Sam Wright also never expected to be a police officer. He has a calling to be a minister like his Grandpa George. But leading a small, start-up church doesn’t always put enough food on the table for a young family, so Sam took another job on the police force. With his new promotion to sergeant, Sam starts questioning if his real calling might actually be police work rather than the pastorate.
Can Mac and Sam somehow join forces to help one another when they can’t see past their differences—especially the most obvious one?
At the end of the movie, there is a clear lesson—that God is the source of grace, and the only way to find healing and hope. Without God, Mac cannot break free of the anger and bitterness that colors everything in his life. And, without the power of grace, even a pastor can struggle to truly love the people God has placed in his life.
Use this inspiring movie to encourage your congregation with the hope and peace found in God’s grace, and then challenge them to extend that same grace to others.
Don’t miss The Grace Card, opening in theaters on February 25!
The Grace Card sermons, campaign materials, DVD-based curriculum, and outreach tools are available now at GraceCardOutreach.com.