This is the lesson Joe, a former prisoner, learns in the incredible new Pure Flix film Do You Believe?, in theaters March 20.
Joe is someone many people affected by crime and incarceration will identify with. He’s made some poor choices and experienced the pain of spending years behind bars away from his family and community. But through it all, He’s become a new man. He still has the tattoos on his arms, but now he has God’s Word written on his heart, too.
And Joe isn’t wasting his second chance. He’s putting his faith into action—and experiencing the mighty ways God can use him to share His love with others. He helps a homeless mother and daughter in a time of need and speaks words of wisdom to a young man mixed up in crime. Through it all, God provides Joe with healing from the pain of his past.
Joe is a reminder to us that God can restore and redeem anyone; no one is beyond His reach. He can supply a new-found purpose for our lives despite what we have done in the past, and he can use each of us—no matter how broken—to bring hope and healing to others.
At Prison Fellowship, we see God transforming prisoners every day. We exist to show hurting men and women that they are valued and they are loved because their Father made them in His image. We share the Gospel with urgency behind bars because we know that the Good News of God’s grace can set the prisoner free, just like it did for Joe. Jesus calls all of His believers to put our faith into action by spreading this life-changing news—even when it could cost us everything.
Several characters in the film are faced with this exact challenge, to prove they believe by submitting to God’s will even in the face of danger. Joe is just one of a dozen characters that see God working in their lives in unimaginable ways—an E.M.T., a gang member, a lawyer, a veteran, a mom-to-be. Their stories collide into a suspenseful journey of what it means to live out our beliefs in the most critical of circumstances.
With an emotionally gripping end, Do You Believe? will have you rejoicing at the boundless power of the Cross. Whether you’re a brand-new or life-long believer, this film will inspire you to put your faith into action.