NOOMA is a series of short films that explore our world from a perspective of Jesus. NOOMA is an invitation to search, question, and join the discussion.
In the NOOMA film Rain, Rob Bell explores difficult times in life and what God may be accomplishing through them. Things don’t always work out the way we want them to. So where is God when bad things happen? How can God just stand by and watch us suffer? Maybe it’s when we’re in storms of life that God gets an opportunity to remind us of how much he really loves us.
In the NOOMA film Flame, Rob Bell explores the true meaning of love. We love our jobs, we love our kids, we love a good burrito. When love is defined so broadly, it loses its significance. We may confuse friendship, commitment, or lust with love, but God intended us to experience something far deeper.
In the NOOMA film Trees, Rob Bell discusses the importance of everything we do. Jesus lived with the awareness that God is doing something right now, and anybody can be a part of it. He encouraged his listeners to question, to wrestle with the implications of what he was teaching. He inspired, challenged, provoked and invited people to be open to God’s work in this world. Jesus started discussions about what matters most, because for Jesus, God is always inviting us to open our eyes and join in.
In the NOOMA film Sunday, Rob Bell contrasts religious traditions with true religion. Do we honestly think that standing, sitting and singing in church for an hour a week makes God happy? God hates it when we call ourselves Christians but ignore all the things he really cares about. He doesn’t want our hollow religious routines or meaningless rituals. He wants our hearts.
In the NOOMA film Noise, Rob Bell illustrates the importance of finding some peace and quiet in order to hear God. Why is silence so hard to deal with? We’re constantly surrounded with the noise of movies, music, technology, cell phones, and a never-ending barrage of advertisements. If we think that God’s not talking to us, perhaps it’s just that we can’t hear him.
In the NOOMA film Kickball, Rob Bell compares what we want with what God wants for us. What will really make us happy? We chase after what we think we’re missing – a new car, a different job, a thinner body – but these things never really satisfy. Can we learn to trust that God has something even better in mind? Can we learn to wait when answers don’t come right away?
In the NOOMA film Luggage, Rob Bell explores forgiveness and the freedom it brings. God didn’t intend for us to carry around the luggage of betrayal, pain and woundedness. The freedom we long for comes through forgiveness, not revenge. Maybe forgiving isn’t something you do for someone else, but what you do for yourself because it’s the only way to be free.
In the NOOMA film Dust, Rob Bell takes a look at how God feels about us. It’s easy to get discouraged, to feel not good enough. But God sees in each of us the potential to do the right thing, to live with love, peace, compassion, forgiveness and hope. Maybe if we better understood who Jesus was, we’d grasp the fact that God believes in us.
In the NOOMA film Bullhorn, Rob Bell explores loving God through loving others. Jesus said that the most important thing in life is to love God and love people. It’s hard to love the people who hurt us and disagree with us, but this persevering love is the best and only way to show our deepest love for God.
In the NOOMA film Lump, Rob Bell focuses on God's unchanging love for us, no matter what we've done. Most of us have done things in our lives that we’re ashamed of. Some are small things, and some are devastating things. But no matter what we’ve done or how other people respond, it doesn’t change how God feels about us. Nothing can ever change his unconditional love for us.
In the NOOMA film Rhythm, Rob Bell delves into the life God created us to live. Is how we live connected to something that has been in place since the beginning of time? Maybe Jesus didn’t come to start a new religion, but to show us how to live in tune with the life God has always planned for us.
In the NOOMA film Matthew, Rob Bell looks at Jesus' reaction when he lost a close friend to give comfort to the grieving. Losing someone we love can be the most difficult thing to go through in life. All the explanations and comforting words in the world don’t really help and everything can seem hopeless. But what might help us is to know, that in facing this kind of loss, Jesus wept.
In the NOOMA film Rich, Rob Bell takes a reality check on just how rich we are and that we can do so much more. We’re constantly bombarded with images of the latest styles of everything, and it’s easy for us to feel like what we have won’t do. But to most people in the world what we have would be more than enough. Maybe what we have is enough, and God has blessed us so that we can bless and give to others.
In the NOOMA film Breathe, Rob Bell parallels the involuntary act of breathing to spiritual truths. Throughout our everyday lives we don’t pay much attention to the way we breathe, do we? But for thousands of years, people have understood that our physical breath is actually a picture of a deeper spiritual reality.
In the NOOMA film You, Rob Bell looks at early Christians to understand more clearly what we believe. Many people often debate the central claims of the Christian faith. But maybe a better understanding of the history of the early Christian movement would give new perspective to these discussions.
In the NOOMA film Store, Rob Bell explores the issue of anger and how to deal with it constructively. We all get angry about things from time to time – some of us more often than others. But what is really the root of our anger? Maybe if we learn where our anger comes from, we can channel it towards something constructive – something that’s bigger than ourselves.
In the NOOMA film Today, Rob Bell encourages us to live for the moment, enjoy each day as it comes. How much energy do we spend on wishing things were how they used to be, thinking that our best days may be behind us? Maybe if we’re too hung up on the past we fail to live our lives to the fullest, right here, right now.
In the NOOMA film Name, Rob Bell encourages us to be content with ourselves and enjoy our own lives that God has given us. We all compare ourselves to others. Some of us even wish we were someone else. But why are we so concerned with what other people think, say, or look like? Maybe if we really knew our true selves, we wouldn’t focus so much at other peoples’ lives and live more in tune with the life God wants for us.
In the NOOMA film Open, Rob Bell discusses a deeper level of prayer. Does God answer prayer? Some, but not all? Sometimes, but not all the time? Or does God always answer prayer and it's just that sometimes God says no. Could prayer be bigger than God listening and answering? Maybe we need a fresh perspective on how we approach the things in life that compel us to pray.
In the NOOMA film Shells, Rob Bell encourages us to make priorities in what we commit ourselves to on a daily basis. It’s easy to get overwhelmed with appointments, gatherings, to-do lists. Many of us are running from place to place, and it seems like life is just passing us by. We’re doing so many things, a little bit of everything, and yet it doesn’t feel like much of a life. This video download of the NOOMA film Shells helps you and your group further explore these teachings.
In the NOOMA film She, Rob Bell takes a look at the femine qualities of God. We often focus on the masculine character of God. But when we omit the feminine, are we missing a very fundamental part of his nature? Maybe understanding a bit more about the feminine would help us to have a more complete image of God.
In the NOOMA film Tomato, Rob Bell explores the masks we wear and how to live more authentically. Most of us grew up believing that our worth, our value, our acceptance comes from how good we are. How smart, how competent, how fast and better and skilled. But Jesus invites us to die to all of that so that we can really live.
In the NOOMA film Corner, Rob Bell discusses what life could be like if we get out of our little corner of the world. Can success separate us from those who could use our help? Can it create a wall between those with and those without? Maybe we are only really successful when we can actually see who could use our help. And maybe when we give to those we see, we are reminded of what we have been given.
In the NOOMA film Whirlwind, Rob Bell looks at those times in life that don't make sense. There aren’t nice, neat answers for why certain things happen to certain people. Often the perspective of a friend can help, but when there is nothing more to say, where do we turn? Maybe it’s when there is nothing more to say that God finally speaks.