Tuesday, July 22, 2008

Learn to speak the language

A few years ago our church helped bring evangelist Luis Palau to the region. Luis came in for a multi night festival and I got to know him. We didn't talk long but you could tell his heart was sold out for Christ.

I signed up to be on his regular e-mail list and over the years I have been encouraged and enlightened by his short devotions. Today I received his latest and I thought I would pass it on. It talks about sharing our faith with our friends.


We are All Missionaires
When missionaries train for cross-cultural ministry, they take classes to prepare them for living, and sharing Christ, in a foreign country. Among other things, learning the language of the people is essential to effectively sharing the Good News.

You and I also need to learn the right 'language' to communicate with the postmodern community. It's important to realize that this generation has little to no church background or Bible understanding. There is a basic ignorance of Christian beliefs and doctrines. So we must be careful to not speak in 'Christianese' terms, which can be confusing to them. Instead, try communicating the Good News using language they understand.

For example, when talking about your relationship with Jesus, try using words like 'rescued' and 'changed,' and 'spiritually alive.' Even simply saying you're a follower of Jesus, instead of a Christian, may be easier for someone to grasp. St. Paul challenges us in 1st Corinthians 9 to, "become all things to all men so that by all possible means I might save some." As you find creative ways to communicate your faith, those listening will better understand, and hopefully receive the Good News of Jesus Christ.

If you would like to learn more about Luis Palau and his ministry or sign up to receive these e-mails, go to his web-site at http://www.palau.org/


Why 2nd Cup of Coffee? said...

Thanks for stopping by my blog and commenting, bless your heart! I work for a large youth ministry, and we are aware of our "language" when dealing with students. The doctrine stays the same, but the methods must change and be fluent and relevant. And above all, faith must not be portrayed as elitist in any way. That's where "churchese" damages us!

Cindy Swanson said...

Cal, thanks for stopping by and commenting on my blog as well! It's always nice to "meet" a fellow Christian blogger and "Lost" fan!

Denise said...

I love him.