2. Evil is quite real. You and I know evil exists in this world, but far too often we ignore it. C.S. Lewis knew the power of Satan, and he wasn't afraid to present the reality of sin in the world. In fact, the reality of evil is mentioned throughout Scripture, including Paul's reminder in 2 Corinthians 2:11:

"Satan will not outsmart us. For we are familiar with his evil schemes."

This powerful story will resonate with your congregation because they understand the challenges and obstacles of life. And I would encourage you to show them that although evil exists and is very real, God will deliver. He wants to set us free, and Jesus is the answer.

3. There is great hope. Our task is not an easy one, but just like the characters in this story, we have the strength in Jesus Christ to brave the violent seas.

As those onboard the Dawn Treader embark on this life-changing journey, their courage and beliefs are tempted and tested in various ways.  But in the end, Aslan comes through. While courage and determination matter, their ultimate answer is Aslan—who we know as Jesus, our hope of salvation as made clear in Romans 5:1-5:

"Therefore, since we have been justified through faith, we have peace with God through our Lord Jesus Christ, through whom we have gained access by faith into this grace in which we now stand. And we rejoice in the hope of the glory of God. Not only so, but we also rejoice in our sufferings, because we know that suffering produces perseverance; perseverance, character; and character, hope. And hope does not disappoint us, because God has poured out his love into our hearts by the Holy Spirit, whom he has given us."

I'll certainly be sharing the Narnia story with my friends and audiences over the next year, and I encourage you to do the same.

Luis Palau and his ministry have shared the Gospel with more than 1 billion people through evangelistic events and media. He has spoken in person to 25 million people in 72 countries with more than 1 million registered decisions for Jesus Christ. He has authored close to 50 books and countless articles on issues of faith, and has counseled with business and political leaders and heads of state around the world.

This article originally appeared at NarniaFaith.com. Used with permission.

Publication date: November 5, 2010