If a picture is worth a thousand words, a video is worth a gazillion words. There is nothing like a powerful video to sink a point deeply into the heart. Suppose I want to make the point that, “in this world you will have tribulation.” I want to communicate that trials will come—and not just speed bumps—train wrecks are coming. Sooner or later it will be your heart that is broken. Sooner or later it will be your kid that wanders. Sooner or later it will be your medical tests that don’t come back like you wanted. I could talk about that for days and I wouldn’t have the emotional impact that watching this video would have:
I did a sermon once on Philippians 1:9: “And this is my prayer: that your love may abound more and more in knowledge and depth of insight.” (NIV) Notice what Paul does not say. He doesn’t say he is praying that they feel anything of that they be more committed. He says he is praying that their love abound in knowledge and depth of insight. Here is the big idea: it is possible to love and the person you love doesn’t know you love them. It is possible for a dad to love a kid and the kid not feel loved. We need knowledge. We need depth of insight. It is possible for a husband to really love his wife and his wife not know it. He needs to know how to love. In the words of Gary Chapman, he needs to learn to speak her love language. Again, I could talk about that for days, or I could show this humorous video.
One more. I could talk about how great Jesus is, or I could let the late S.M. Lockridge say it for me. Guaranteed he says it better than I ever could.
What do you look for in good video? Same as pictures. You want great video and you want it to fit. Great video that is off-topic is just a distraction. Video that is on topic but of low quality doesn’t help either.
Here are several sources of video illustrations: