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Thom Rainer had a great post this morning on the reasons why we’re not really reaching the unchurched. He starts with five reasons, and promises five more soon… here are the first five:
1. Spiritual Lethargy
One of the main reasons many Christians do not share their faith is simply explained by the word disobedience. Spiritual lethargy takes place when we fail to obey Him.
2. Growing Inclusivism
There is a subtle but growing belief among many Christians that somehow “good” followers will make it to heaven outside of a true Christian conversion. Our message will fall on deaf ears if this belief persists and grows.
3. Growing Disbelief in Hell
Those who truly have a desire to reach the unchurched have a burden to see people in the eternity of heaven, but they also desire to see them escape the wrath of an eternal hell. Denying the existence of hell undermines the urgency of placing one’s faith in Christ.
We can be deluded into complacency about the lostness of humanity around us. The unchurched are waiting for you to tell them about Jesus.
5. Fear of Refjection
In research on this subject, I found that only one in four unchurched persons we be resistant to faith discussions. But nearly four out of ten of the unchurched will be receptive to your concern for their eternity, and more than one out three will simply be neutral to your attempts. Simply stated, fear of rejection is unfounded.
What do you think? What would you add to the list?
How is your church doing in reaching the unchurched? Are any of these five really holding you back?
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