'Make up your mind not to put any stumbling block...in your brother's way.' Romans 14:13 NIV
Ok. So we’ve thought about how people may have been hurt, and how that can put up a block. There’s another big reason people can be put off Christianity: they have a certain idea of how it’ll play out. People see the Church in a million different ways, and some of the ways they see it can be less than inviting. And, by extension, they think the same of Christianity in general: centuries out of date with the real world, full of restrictive rules and weird lingo (splagchnizomai, anyone?), obsessed with emptying your wallet. We know that idea isn’t quite right, but it’s still a real barrier between some people and God.
So what do we do? We think the best thing to do is be honest. Opening up to the fact that the Church is a huge body of believers is a good start, but it also leaves plenty of room for error. Sometimes the preaching is boring. Sometimes the conversation and after–service tea are equally weak. But there’s a flipside: that isn’t what Church is about. Church is about welcoming everyone. Maybe to change someone’s idea of Church, you’ll not only have to be honest about its shortcomings, but confident in the fact that God moves through Christians. What has God done in your life, through the Church or in a personal way? Don’t shy away from sharing it.
Check out www.word4U2day.com.au/whatisthegospel to watch an excellent video presentation of the Gospel message which you can also share with your friends.
SoulFood: Num 11-13, Luke 7:1-10, Ps 107:17-22, Prov 3:21-24
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