The Newsboys are one of the most popular Christian bands around, with the group's origins dating back to the 1980s. While the band's composition has changed over the years, its message has always remained rooted in biblical truth.
If you're a Pure Flix fan, you likely know the Newsboys "God's Not Dead" connection, as the band appeared in the first three films in the franchise: "God's Not Dead," "God's Not Dead 2" and "God's Not Dead: A Light in Darkness."
But that's not the only connection, as any Newsboys fan knows that the band's popular anthem — also titled "God's Not Dead" — appears in the movies (and the films obviously share the same name).
Newsboys 'God's Not Dead' Song
The Newsboys' "God's Not Dead" album and song, which released in 2011 before the films, speaks about a plethora of powerful themes, including love, God's power and freedom found through Jesus.
"Let love explode and bring the dead to life, a love so bold to see a revolution somehow," Newsboys' "God's Not Dead" song begins, before continuing, "Now I'm lost in Your freedom, in this world I'll overcome."
The song goes on to discuss God as living inside humans' hearts and proclaims that He is "roaring like a lion."
The anthem quickly became a popular and iconic Christian hit, and its name and message were further advanced by the Pure Flix movies that started releasing in 2014.
'God's Not Dead': The Movie
"God's Not Dead" was a film that skyrocketed in popularity after its release. The movie is about a philosophy teacher (played by actor Kevin Sorbo) who has a strong dislike for all things sacred after the tragic death of his religious mother. But when a new student sets out to prove that God exists he is forced to reconsider his stance.
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'God's Not Dead 2': The Second Installment
The second installment of "God's Not Dead" surrounds a high school teacher who is asked a question in class about Jesus — and her response lands her in a battle of choice. The film, which stars Melissa Joan Hart, offers an example of what it looks like to stand by one's faith. Watch "God's Not Dead 2" right now on Pure Flix.
'GOD'S NOT DEAD: A LIGHT IN DARKNESS'
Next, comes "God's Not Dead: A Light in Darkness" (now streaming on Pure Flix!) In the third movie, a fire destroys St. James Church, and leaders at Hadleigh University respond by pushing to get the church off-campus.
What follows is a major culture clash, with the church's pastor standing up to defend the house of worship alongside other Christians. Watch "God's Not Dead: A Light in Darkness" right now on Pure Flix.
Long before Newsboys' "God's Not Dead" released, the band was making popular music. But the composition of the group has changed over the years.
AllMusic.com has an overview of just some of the evolutions following the band's popularity, which notched up in the early 1990s:
"After building their foundation with singer John James, they enjoyed a second decade of mainstream pop success in the 2000s behind Peter Furler, who was himself succeeded by another Christian legend in dc Talk's Michael Tait in 2010."
Tait remains the band's frontman. And, as mentioned, Newsboys' "God's Not Dead" tune isn't only a song; it's also the name of the band's 2011 album. The track listing includes "God's Not Dead" along with 11 other tracks, including: "Savior of the World," "The King Is Coming" and "Mighty to Save."