Hellbound? Talking about heaven and hell in youth ministry

Last year, there was much discussion about the existence of hell, who goes there, why people go there, and how a loving God could send someone, anyone, to hell. Now there is a documentary coming to theatres that raises the questions again, and does so by talking to a great number of varied voices on their thoughts and opinions on hell.

Here is the trailer for Hellbound:

I know myself, I’ll watch this movie. I’m interested in hearing how others think about this Doctrine of Hell and what they all have to say about. I’m interested to know if it’s greatly one sided or if anyone has a change of mind about the idea of Hell from the movie.

But if nothing else, this trailer could serve as a great way to start a conversation about Hell with a group of students.

What are your thoughts on the trailer/movie?

Do you think we should teach our students about hell? Why or why not?

21 Comments

  1. I'd like to see the movie, but I believe the Bible is VERY clear that hell does exist and it is eternal.When Rob Bell's book came out, we had several students that jumped on the bandwagon and say that hell didn't exist. I preached about it once and then taught a class on Erasing Hell by Francis Chan (Fantastic book that I recommend).
  2. I'd like to see the movie, but I believe the Bible is VERY clear that hell does exist and it is eternal.When Rob Bell's book came out, we had several students that jumped on the bandwagon and say that hell didn't exist. I preached about it once and then taught a class on Erasing Hell by Francis Chan (Fantastic book that I recommend).
      • I have the book and have attempted to read it several times, but Chan has difficulty holding my attention for some reason. On your recommendation, I will try again.
  3. We should certainly be teaching kids about hell because they know and have questions about it anyway. The Bible is clear that hell exists, insofar as disobedient souls suffer in some way after death. It is also clear that eternal suffering is a possibility. The reason we need to teach it is because we need to make sure the message of hope is not lost in all the fire and brimstone.So many people leave the Church because they can't reconcile a loving God with the existence of hell. The message I teach is that God didn't create hell, we create hell. You don't have to look at the Bible to see that, it's all around us. Our selfishness, our pride, and our disinterest already cause hell in this world, either for ourselves or others. When we cling too tightly that into the next life, it deprives us of heaven.
  4. We should certainly be teaching kids about hell because they know and have questions about it anyway. The Bible is clear that hell exists, insofar as disobedient souls suffer in some way after death. It is also clear that eternal suffering is a possibility. The reason we need to teach it is because we need to make sure the message of hope is not lost in all the fire and brimstone.So many people leave the Church because they can't reconcile a loving God with the existence of hell. The message I teach is that God didn't create hell, we create hell. You don't have to look at the Bible to see that, it's all around us. Our selfishness, our pride, and our disinterest already cause hell in this world, either for ourselves or others. When we cling too tightly that into the next life, it deprives us of heaven.
  5. Favorite part of the trailer was: "Just step a step back and hear how that sounds..." "You better accept JC or you're going to burn forever in hell... oh, yeah and God loves you."Def. like to see the full movie...
  6. Favorite part of the trailer was: "Just step a step back and hear how that sounds..." "You better accept JC or you're going to burn forever in hell... oh, yeah and God loves you."Def. like to see the full movie...
  7. Im with Andy, would like to see the whole movie, and the sentiment of that guy is so true. Im not sure who that speaker is, he may be saying its actually ridiculous, but I often times think like that, like how crazy does the church have to seem to non-christians? Can you imagine never setting foot in church and then when you do, coming the week its all responsive readings?
  8. Im with Andy, would like to see the whole movie, and the sentiment of that guy is so true. Im not sure who that speaker is, he may be saying its actually ridiculous, but I often times think like that, like how crazy does the church have to seem to non-christians? Can you imagine never setting foot in church and then when you do, coming the week its all responsive readings?
  9. Hi folks: I'm the director of "Hellbound?" Just wanted to drop a quick note to say thanks for your interest. I also want you to know that we'll give a free ticket to any youth pastor who brings five or more members of his or her youth group to the film. For more info, email me at kevin@hellboundthemovie.com.
  10. Hi folks: I'm the director of "Hellbound?" Just wanted to drop a quick note to say thanks for your interest. I also want you to know that we'll give a free ticket to any youth pastor who brings five or more members of his or her youth group to the film. For more info, email me at kevin@hellboundthemovie.com.
  11. Wow I had not even heard of this movie. I did, however know about Rob Bell's take on the subject. For me, personally, I know how hell can be a difficult topic to convey in today's society; but the Bible is very clear that Christ taught on the reality of hell multiple times throughout His earthly ministry.
  12. Wow I had not even heard of this movie. I did, however know about Rob Bell's take on the subject. For me, personally, I know how hell can be a difficult topic to convey in today's society; but the Bible is very clear that Christ taught on the reality of hell multiple times throughout His earthly ministry.

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