Here are the five most common sceptics who want to shame your kids for being Christian.
people just break down when you show them any kind of compassion and love. They’ve forgotten what it is like to be loved because they have been rejected for so long. They say, “Why are you doing this?” “Why are you talking to me?” “Why are you nice to me?” “Why are you talking to my friends?” – they are initially really suspicious, but then they realise that we are giving and we are not expecting anything in return; we’re giving and giving and giving – and it’s Jesus that we are giving them.
people have found today so helpful because it was real, it was informative but also inspired people who are shy in talking about their faith to think ‘I can do this!’
The questions that drive this book are clearly heartfelt ones, from young people wrestling with faith, doubt, ethics and some very difficult personal situations. The first thing to note and commend about A.S.K. is that these young people have been given the chance to ask these questions, and to engage with serious answers.
the closer to Jesus' model we stick, the more authentic, fruitful and honouring to God we are. When the church, and mission agencies drift away from Jesus’ model, things start to go wrong.
Everybody yearns for happiness, and security in an intact identity; yet huge numbers of people find these goals elusive.
I honestly believe it could radically change the depth and enjoyment of your conversations about God and the fruitfulness that comes from them. That is what I have found personally and that is my prayer for you.
But then he just started laughing and made a face that seemed to say, “That story makes no sense.” So I asked him how the leader answered his question, and Lawrence’s laughter came to a sudden stop. He told me the Bible study leader took his question seriously and started by admitting that he wasn’t sure. That impressed Lawrence as humble and sincere.
One of the keys to sharing the gospel of Christ in Scotland and around the UK today, seems to be to take the message outside the walls of the church. Wherever we do events in coffee houses, pubs, restaurants, hotels, sports clubs, or other ‘neutral venues’, people who don’t yet believe in Jesus come and listen and engage.
A great curry and conversation night near Glasgow shows how the church can engage people with the message of Jesus.