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In Need Of Feedback – Let Me Know What You Think!

July 18, 2010

I’m trying to take a quick, informal poll on a couple of questions. I’m speaking to some teens in the next couple of days about the Christian life – specifically how to “start the fire” of Christianity and how to spread it without “burning others.” So, I thought it might be helpful to get some feedback to two questions –

1. What are the major influences out there which can threaten to “put out” our fire as Christians?

2. What are some common mistakes Christians might make when talking to those who aren’t Christians that could turn them off to the entire topic of God/faith/Christianity?

Please comment and leave your feedback – it will be helpful to me, as well as others!

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  1. July 18, 2010 2:19 pm

    Andrew, not that I would be much of a help, but here is a little thought on this. It seems to me that most teens say nothing at all about their faith. Giving them some ways to speak up or how to speak up is just giving them more fear on even saying something. Anything they say will be a positive, if they say something. Maybe encourage them to say anything and have the faith that God can use this gift of talk for His purposes. Instead of trying to teach them to be safe with evangelism or trying not to offend someone is missing the point, teach them that the God of the Universe can take anything they say and use it for good. Just a thought that is probably not that good.

    Your are the man though Andrew!

    • andrewdphillips permalink
      July 18, 2010 2:55 pm

      That is a good thought – I hadn’t considered it from that perspective, but it is important that we don’t tell teens to wait until they know exactly what to say in exactly the right way before they can be effective. That could build up some fear. Overall, the message should be to do/say something – that is probably as much a problem for adults as it is teens.

      I read a quote in the book “Spirit-Filled Preaching,” where the author was making the point that we don’t always have time for the perfect sermon preparation routine each week. He said, “If something is work doing, it is worth doing poorly.” His take was that doing a job that might not be the best but it is the best you can do that week is better than not preaching at all. Interesting stuff.

  2. July 21, 2010 1:13 pm

    Hey did a little post about the sower, might be helpful, might not be too. Thanks for the inspiration though.

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