Questions, Answers and Facts
We hear a lot of questions from people around the world. Here are some of the questions we hear frequently, along with their answers.
Is the JESUS film historically accurate?
We went to great lengths to make the film as biblically and historically accurate as possible. The Gospel of Luke is the basis for the script, and every word Jesus speaks is a quotation from the Bible. A team of 450 leaders and scholars reviewed the script to ensure that it was true to the biblical account of Jesus’ life, death, and resurrection.
This extends to our treatment of the historical setting. JESUS was filmed on location to portray Palestinian culture in the first century A.D. In fact, the clothing, pottery, and other props were made using first-century methods, and telephone poles and power lines were removed from the landscapes.
You can find more detailed director’s notes on the movie’s accuracy here.
What is Cru’s (Campus Crusade) tax ID number?
Campus Crusade for Christ’s corporate tax ID number is 95-6006173. And remember, the ministry operates under the brand name Cru in the United States.
What happens after someone sees the Film?
At the end of each JESUS film showing, team workers and local pastors gather new believers to pray and instruct them in their new faith. The gospel is clarified and viewers are given the opportunity to indicate their decisions to follow Christ. The teams document the names and addresses of those who choose Jesus.
These new brothers and sisters in Christ are then invited to visit local churches and attend Bible studies with people in their communities.
If there is no local church to welcome them in, one is often formed.
Can I share Jesus Film Project films online?
Can I use stills from the Film?
Images obtained from the Jesus Film Project may be used ONLY to advertise a showing of the JESUS film or for promotion of Jesus Film Project. For more information on high-resolution photos, please contact the Photo Library at [email protected]
Do I need permission to show Jesus Film Project films?
Not at all: you are welcome to show JESUS, Magdalena, My Last Day—all of the Jesus Film Project films to as many people as you like. However, you must not charge admission to view our films. These films are made to be freely given: do not charge others to view them.
Can I show JESUS on TV?
With proper contracts it might be possible for you to broadcast JESUS and/or other Jesus Film® products on TV, cable, closed circuit, satellite, and/or internet TV. Contact us at [email protected] with questions or to begin the licensing process.
Can I use parts or clips of the film in a church service?
Yes, as long as no admission is charged. For a church special program, scenes from our films may be shown in the background, or added to a program DVD to be used during the program only. No copies of a special program that includes any part of our films may be made, sold, distributed for free, or placed on the internet.
Do I need permission to include video excerpts from one of your products?
Due to copyright laws, no portion of our films can be included on any DVD or other material; no new products, including but not limited to music video, free outreach DVD, collection of ministry resources or other ministry DVD, may be made with scenes or audio from our films. Contact us at [email protected] with questions.
Can I make copies to give away for free?
No, making copies of our films in physical form to distribute or give away, even for free, is unlawful, in any form or media, including DVD, video cassette, audio cassette, digital format, online, using downloads or broadcasts. Contact us at [email protected] with questions.
How can your evangelistic and follow-up films be used by U.S. churches?
We exist to equip the church to communicate the gospel, especially in their communities. We make strategic resources available through our online store and through free, streaming videos on the jesusfilm.org website via the ‘Watch’ section. Each method will help a church conduct outreach no matter their budget. And we also have incredible strategies and case studies of those who have done this before.
What is Jesus Film Project’s vision?
Jesus Film Project is committed to the vision of the Great Commission as laid out by Jesus Christ in Matthew 28:18-20: “And Jesus came and said to them, ‘All authority in heaven and on earth has been given to me. Go therefore and make disciples of all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit, teaching them to observe all that I have commanded you. And behold, I am with you always, to the end of the age’” (English Standard Version).
We trust God to help us carry out this vision through giving everyone in the world an opportunity to know and trust Him through our films and strategies. See our vision video here for more.
How are you trusting God to carry out this vision?
We can only trust the Lord to accomplish His mission. We have seen Him provide the staff members, financial resources and partners to take Jesus to the world for more than 40 years. If you would like to learn more about how to partner with us, you can visit our “How to Help” page and give through going, giving or praying.
How do I get a donation receipt?
You can request a receipt by emailing us at email [email protected] or by calling 1-888-278-7233.
What are your official ministry statistics?
The Official Ministry Statistics are released periodically and include the number of JESUS film languages available and their impact. Click here to review the latest statistics.
Who are the Bible translators who have contributed to the JESUS film script?
The movie JESUS is based on the Gospel of Luke, and as such any script translation that ultimately becomes a language version of JESUS is heavily dependent on faithful Bible translators. For a list of the translation teams that we are indebted to, please refer to this PDF.