Thus begins the 100th Post Comment Contest! Without further ado, please join in the conversation about placing our trust and faith in Jesus and how that might lead to a more Sticky Faith for the next generation. Good Luck!
Thus ENDS the 100th Post Comment Contest! Thank you all for your participation. The winner will be drawn at random and announced Monday, November 14th.
Observations from the Sticky Faith Webcast: LINK
I am including this in my reImagining the Church series because I believe that the conversation coming out of the Sticky Faith research is born from the same Spirit that is moving through New Life Christian Fellowship, calling us to reImagine what it means to be the church in light of Jesus.
Observation #3: We must learn to filter every part of life, private, public and otherwise through faith in Jesus.
Seems self-explanatory doesn’t it. Christians should filter life through faith in Jesus. Duh. Next observation. As Chap Clark explained the importance of passing on a real faith in Jesus and what that might look like I realized just how far short so much of what I do in ministry, or in parenting, or in my own life actually passes through this filter.
In what ways would focusing on our faith in Jesus help to pass along a “stickier” faith? How do you see churches missing this mark in their focus?
Clark points out that when we talk about faith in Christ, we can replace faith with the word trust. Our trust language then calls us as Christians to step out and trust that what Jesus said and did can actually shape our lives.
As long as I’ve been talking to people about this Sticky Faith concept, and about the feeling among many that the church needs to change I’ve thought that something central was being ignored. The discussion needed to dig deeper to reach the real heart of what was going on. Our true faith and trust in Christ and the way that it should impact everything in our lives might well be the heart of it all.
It’s a call to the church to say, “How do your decisions regarding teens show that you trust Jesus when he says that we are supposed to welcome youth and children like we were welcoming him?”
It’s a call to teens to say, “How does your decision about how to relate to your enemy show that you trust Jesus when he says you are love them and pray for them?”
It’s a call to us all to say, “How does your life reflect your trust in Jesus when you answer as he asks, ‘Who do you say that I am?’”
What decisions are you being asked to make that show your trust in Jesus? How does this reshape the way you see your life?
Teens and adults alike are desperately hoping that there is more to life: more than the consumerism, more than the pain and depression, more than an escape clause that gets you out of hell, more than a volunteer program or a self-help class. Jesus is that more! He reshapes reality based on the Kingdom of God and calls us to join him, to trust in him and his way to live. As we offer this to teens we offer them something that is actually life-changing.
It grips them. It doesn’t make light of their pain or their struggles. It doesn’t allow them stay in their sin and live however they want, but it simultaneously reminds them over and over that they are loved by God. The cliché goes that Christianity is not a religion, but it’s a relationship. That doesn’t go far enough! Christianity, what Jesus did in his death and resurrection, is a reshaping of all of reality at the heart of which is a relationship with the one, almighty God. Trusting Jesus is to live into that reality. To say I will base my life on trusting that what Jesus did was enough to alter everything, and therefore I must trust enough to live as though its true. Rather than calling teens to behave, or to read their Bible more, or to volunteer more, our primary filter must be the radical, reality-shaping work of Jesus and how every part of our lives must be found in trusting him.
How might you help a teen filter his/her life through trusting Jesus? Is there a teen in your church who you could build a relationship with and learn alongside of what it means to trust in Jesus for life?
Remember that comments will be eligible if they are made between 8 a.m. EST on Wednesday, November 9th. Comments will be eligible for the contest until 8 p.m. EST on Friday, November 11th. Here’s how it will work:
- In order for a post to be eligible it must pertain to the content of the blog entry (“Firsts”, comments about the fact that you are commenting, and offers for mail-order brides and prescription drugs will be disqualified).
- Every unique comment will qualify as an entry. Replies to other people’s comments will be considered a valid entry as well.
- After the contest is closed I will use www.random.org to generate a random number based on the total number of valid comments made. The number picked will be the winner!
- The winner will be announced Monday, November 14th in that day’s post at 8 a.m.
And what will you win?
The winner of the 100th post comment will win a 5×8 illustration or cartoon of the subject matter of your choice done by me, all I ask is that you keep it PG. I will email the winner to coordinate the details of the piece, and I will post a digital version of the artwork here once its finished. Done on bristol or canvas board in either color or black and white, the piece will be finished in time for Christmas and shipped on my dime.