|Written by Patrick Morley|
|Monday, August 19 2013 20:08|
The following is a Facebook post that prompted a question from a reader and our subsequent exchange. It's an issue that seems to be on all our minds. First, the post...
What Will Draw the Next Generation to Christ?
There is a lot of discussion today about what will draw Millennials to Christ. And let's not forget that many Gen X, Y, Busters, and Boomers still need Jesus too. What will draw them to Christ? Do you remember what most drew, and still draws, you to Jesus? Was it God's anger toward your sin or His inexplicable love?When Cru founder Bill Bright wrote The 4 Spiritual Laws, he couldn't decide whether to put God's Love or Mankind's Sin first. On his way upstairs to bed he called back to his assistant and told her to put "God loves you and offers a wonderful plan for your life" first. She wept, thinking he had compromised. The rest is history.
Today there are over one billion copies of that booklet in print. Millions of us received Jesus because the first thing we heard about was how much God loves us.
While there is, of course, no one right way to share the gospel, millions have been drawn to faith in this order: the promise (His love, plan, salvation), the problem (the sin that separates us), the solution (repentance and faith in Jesus). What will draw Millennials to Christ--and anyone else--will be the same thing that has always drawn people to Christ.
There will never be a "new" gospel. It will always, and only, be the timeless words of the historical Jesus that change life. "Faith comes from hearing the message, and the message is heard through the word of Christ" (Romans 10:17). And that message starts with, "I love you so much."
Now, the question and our exchange...
Have you run into the Millennials that won't/don't take responsibility for their sin? When I talk to them it seems it's always someone else's fault. How do you overcome this? They have never been taught to take responsibility for their own actions. It also seems their parents have helped to reinforce this attitude.
P.S. Miss seeing you at the track.
Thank you, and it's great to hear from you. I miss the track! What you've observed is a huge problem. There is a crisis of authority in culture that is epic. Yet nothing is new under the sun. It's Romans 1--exchanging the truth of God for a lie, and the glory of God for idols. Only the Holy Spirit can convict of sin, and our part is to pray, love, and be sensitive to when the person is ready to listen. The systemic solution is men's discipleship on a grand, church-wide scale--calling, equipping, and sending men to walk with Christ in their marriages, families, jobs, communities, etc. That's what I have been giving my life to. I pray we both will see God bring spiritual revival and awakening in our lifetime. You keep the faith, and I will too.
Thanks Pat. Good advice. I've been using the "Roman Road" for a long time. The Word doesn't return void. It is still difficult with kids that have been led to believe they are perfect. No winners, no losers. A very frustrating concept. Rewarding mediocrity and no responsibility for their actions. Makes for a hard person to witness to.
Obviously Chip has actually been talking to Millennials and has great insights! For those of us who are concerned, let's not forget the power of the message of the cross and the foolishness of human wisdom. As Paul wrote...
For Christ didn't send me to baptize, but to preach the Good News--and not with clever speech, for fear that the cross of Christ would lose its power. The message of the cross is foolish to those who are headed for destruction! But we who are being saved know it is the very power of God. As the Scriptures say, "I will destroy the wisdom of the wise and discard the intelligence of the intelligent." (1 Corinthians 1:17-19)
Personally, I always come back to the power of Christ's love expressed through love. Of all the forces in the world that can be resisted, the most difficult to resist is love. Love--His and ours--is what will draw the next generation to Christ.