As Christians, we know that truth of the Gospel is the most significant part of our lives. With the changing world and difference perceptions within this generation it will take open mindedness to work through the issues. How do we respect this generation and communicate the gospel?
Who do we reach? The mission field is unlimited, and therefore believers are commanded to reach out in uncharted territories. “But you will receive power when the Holy Spirit has come upon you, and you will be my witnesses in Jerusalem and in all Judea and Samaria, and to the end of the earth.” (Acts 1:8) The Apostles, and of course Jesus, met people at the point of their need. Practically, it would mean adjusting to the plethora of generational differences by looking through a wide scope lens of behaviors, attitudes, history, emotions, and the like. It builds on the ; people have biases that shape their character. God is already at work in the lives of the people on the mission field, we simply need to connect with Him.
What are the reasons to reach out? First, it’s not about you but about them and their Father. Paul encourages, “Just as I try to please everyone in everything I do, not seeking my own advantage, but that of many, that they may be saved. (1 Corinthians 10:33) With the guidance of the Holy Spirit, it’s a believer’s reasonable service to motivate the lost to the overall goal. Asking ourselves, what is the goal? Glad you ask? The Gospel/Good news can be distributed effectively, when there is a willingness to use diverse methods for the individuals served . Essentially, to reach and learn about the generational predispositions will help us assist them the better.
Along with understanding whom we reach and why; unifying our gifts and abilities to communicate truth will help build a bridge to this generation. The Bible quotes, “As each has received a gift, use it to serve one another, as good stewards of God’s varied grace(1 Peter 4:10) As a counselor, I have used diversity without compromising principles, because the principle should reflect and direct to the Word. The method or methodology should harmonize with Biblical teachings and Biblical context. God wants use our abilities to build corporately; as we build on strengths and or gifts, the church will grow. Isn’t that the Goal, God Bless.
Written by Juan Mendez: Juan is a graduate of the Colony of Mercy and full time staff member at America’s Keswick.
Daily Quote: “Where others see but the dawn coming over the hill, I see the soul of God shouting for joy.” ~ Williams Blake
This Week’s Verse to Memorize:
23 The Lord directs the steps of the godly.
He delights in every detail of their lives.
24 Though they stumble, they will never fall,
for the Lord holds them by the hand.