How Do Those Around You View Christianity?

To reach those around you with the gospel, you need to exegete the culture. You need to understand their worldview, their view of Christianity, and how to communicate the gospel in a way that is understandable to them.

A friend of mine who lives in New York City shared with me about a conversation he had with one of his neighbors. The topic of Christianity took a unique twist when he said,
“I see no difference between a Christian pastor and a terrorist.”
If you were engaged in that conversation and you heard that statement, you would have an instant snapshot of their view of Christianity.

How would you respond?

Would you get defensive and unpack your Christian apologetics?

Would you ask questions to gain greater understanding of how this perspective was formed?

Would you quickly change the subject?

How would you communicate your commitment to following Jesus to someone who held such a view of Christianity?

Today’s Missional Challenge

Become a student of those in the culture around you. Ask questions to discover their view of Christianity as you seek to make disciples.


Dave DeVries

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Dr. Dave DeVries is a coach, trainer and strategist – and founder of Missional Challenge. He is passionate about coaching and training church planters and missional leaders. His training skills have been used to mobilize church planters, pastors and ministry leaders across the country and around the world. Missional Challenge partners together with churches, networks and denominations to advance disciplemaking movements globally.With 25+ years of church planting and leadership development experience, Dave brings his passion and encouragement to those he trains and coaches. He created The Multiplication Cycle™ to assist church planters to start churches by making disciples. He has trained and coached hundreds of coaches and church planters across the United States and internationally.Dave has been coaching pastors and church planters for more than ten years. His experience in church multiplication led to his doctorate in transformational leadership at Bakke Graduate University. He also received a Master of Divinity from The Master’s Seminary and graduated from Biola University with a B.S. in Business Administration.
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