Word 4U Today



Okay. So we’ve thought about how people may have been hurt, and how that can be a stumbling block to their getting to know Christ.

There’s another big reason that people can be put off by 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 that they see it can be less than inviting. And, by extension, they think the same of Christianity in general: miles away from the real world, full of rules and lingo, obsessed with emptying your wallet, etc, etc. We know that idea isn’t quite right, but it’s still a real barrier between them and God.

So what do we do? We think that best thing to do is, again, be honest. Opening up to the fact that the Church is a huge body of believers – big enough for plenty of room for error – is a good start. 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 have to not only 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.

What Now?

As a Christian, to talk to people about God.

‘Make up your mind not to put any stumbling block…in your brother’s way.’

Romans 14:13 NIV


Joy Ferdiz

July 30th, 2014

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