The movie, “The Shack” was just released in theaters. I spoke on the book for seven weeks back in 2009 when the book first came out. I thought you might find these messages helpful to process the movie and discuss it with your friends. Download The Shack free sermon series below.
The Shack is about how a man (Mack) processes the death of his daughter with God. Here’s an outline of what I talked about in my series:
Part One: How Do Finite People Describe an Infinite God?
I looked at the controversy over the book. Many Christians attacked the book as heresy. Personally, I loved the book because it took a creative way to engage people in talking about God…even highly theological issues.
Part Two: Be Careful How You Judge Others
I took a step back to look at Christians being so quick to judge this book. I talk about how it’s wrong to judge someone’s motives and methods.
Part Three: The Great Sadness (Depression)
This message was about a major theme of the book: The Great Sadness. The sadness not only came from tragedy but from feeling abandoned by God. When Mack chose to stop speculating on what he didn’t know about God and chose to trust in what he did know about him, his healing began.
Part Four: The Shack and a Personal God
Here I looked at how The Shack helps us to see that we can relate to God personally. Even though Mack struggled to know God and often wanted to give up on God, there’s something in him that kept seeking after God. That’s why when Mack got a note in the mail from “Papa” to meet him at the Shack, the place where his daughter was murdered, he felt compelled to go.
Part Five: Questioning the Nature of God
The Shack surprisingly discusses some very theological questions. In this message I looked at two of them:
- Is God male?
- Are the Father, Son and Spirit all equal?
Part Six: Who’s in Charge of the Trinity?
I tackle one more theological question that is raised in The Shack: Is there a chain of command between the Father, Jesus and the Spirit? That is, does the Father call the shots in the Trinity? Does he tell Jesus and the Spirit what to do? Or is there another kind of relationship between the three?
Part Seven: Forgiveness
In The Shack, the issue of forgiveness is never far from the surface. In this final message, I look at forgiveness and answer the question; How can I forgive when it hurts so much?
Download The Shack Free Sermon Series
Each message in the series has a set of study questions for personal reflection or to discuss with your small group.
I hope you enjoy the series. Download The Shack free sermon series here.
Please note, these messages are from 2009 and are based on the book, not the movie. I haven’t seen the movie yet to know how close the movie adheres to the book.