Opposition to Christianity has increased in recent years, which has prompted Christ followers to respond in two primary ways: withdraw or attack.
Guest speaker John Dickson said at Community Church on Sunday, Sept. 29, that neither is the right approach. Instead, the Australian pastor offered a different approach that Christians should take in order to engage with the world.
Here are key points from John’s message:
Conduct ordinary public worship as a powerful public witness.
*We are to declare God’s praises and glory (1 Peter 2:9, Psalm 96), which will serve to attract people to faith in Christ.
*What is the best way for churches to grow? When attenders invite their neighbors, friends and family members.
Live out the gospel to defend and commend it to the world.
*We are called to live such good lives that non-believers will be attracted to seeing Christ in us (1 Peter 2:12, Matthew 5:16).
*A negative view of Christianity can be shattered by a Christ follower living a godly life. When non-believers see the purity and reverence of your life (1 Peter 3: 1-2) they can be won over.
Speak up for the Lord when opportunity invites.
*Be prepared to answer when people ask about your faith (1 Peter 3:15, Colossians 4:5-6).
*You don’t have to be more than who you are but simply be prepared with simple answers.
*In conversing with people, revere Christ as Lord. But let your confidence in Christ be balanced with humility.
*Be bold but don’t be a jerk. A brash, bold church is actually insecure. If you’re truly secure in Christ you can play your part and afford to be gentle.