On Thursday as part of the Arrow Course, my peer cell did a street survey asking people on the streets of Woking what they thought about Christianity, the church and more. One of the questions that seemed to make people pause was:
If you were asked by a teenager ‘What is life all about?’ What would you respond?
The concept of what is life all about is what the Alpha course bases all its advertising around, and yet most people were flummoxed by being asked that question. It got me thinking about how do we get people to consider the Christian faith. Asking the question doesn’t seem to be the right place to start, and yet that is where so many churches in the UK seem to start their evangelism efforts.
I was struck by one of my friends on the course who shared about a church she knew that had done away with any evangelistic programmes, as people in the church just didn’t commit or invest in them, but instead as part of their church membership, each person was challenged to eat and drink once a week with a non-Christian – to live life with them. Over the course of a couple of years the church had seen much more growth through this relational approach then it had ever had with any evangelistic programme.
I think there are two reasons why this has happened:
- People don’t have a confidence in the gospel – they don’t know their bible or theology to be able to give good responses to their friends questions about Christianity
- They’re worried they might fail – and yet the Bible is full of tails of failure and success – we don’t need to worry about this.
So the challenge I’m wrestling with is how do we encourage people to live life together, to help them discover together what is the meaning of life. Any thoughts?