Monday, January 28, 2008

Assumptive Language

"Our most basic presentations of the good news of Jesus have been filled with assumptions. When we would eagerly tell the unchurched that God loved them and had wonderful plans for their lives, we knew that the word God would evoke the same image that we had. When we would ask an unbeliever, "If you died tonight, do you know for certain that you will be in heaven with God?" we knew it was unnecessary to build an argument for the existence of heaven. But we were wrong."

-Erwin McManus in "An Unstoppable Force"

In the world today, the church can no longer afford to make assumptions. We must do the work necessary to make sure that we are actually communicating with people Jesus is missing. Our youth ministry is in a kind of reshaping process right now, and I want to make sure that we're communicating the right things in the right languages.

Otherwise, we're not really communicating at all...

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