Awkward Christianity

Awkward Christianity

Do any of issues resonate with you?

  1. Far too many people, including friends and family, feel the church is irrelevant in their lives. (My paraphrase of Jeff Henderson)
  2. I know I’m supposed to share my faith, but I just don’t know what to say. Worse, I fear my attempt could push people away!
  3. I see people who call themselves Christians who don’t seem to fit, even a little, what I expect. Am I wrong in my expectations? Am I judgmental? Are they as messed up as it seems?
  4. I have friends, family, who I’m pretty sure are far from Christianity. Do I really believe they will go to hell when they die? What am I supposed to actually do?
  5. In Christian circles, we hear phrases like “keep repeating the gospel,” or “preach the gospel to yourself.” Am I supposed to know the whole book of Matthew (or Mark, or Luke or John)? Or is “the gospel” somethings shorter and simpler? I’m not sure I can describe what “the gospel” is?
  6. How can we have so many Christian denominations that have such different beliefs? Is there an essence to Christianity we can agree on?
  7. I know people — nice people, helpful people, people who are involved in serving others — “Good people.” No claim of Christianity; sometimes claims of something else. Are they going to hell?
  8. What is the fundamental basis for Christianity? The Bible? (can it be trusted?) Tradition? (How well has that ever worked out?) My feelings? I’m embarrassed that I just can’t quickly, clearly, explain what Christianity is
  9. People speak of being “Led by the Holy Spirit.” I have no confidence I’ve ever heard the Holy Spirit speaking to me
  10. Following Jesus. Friendship with Jesus. Sitting at the feet of Jesus. These all sound very physical and tangible. Do you have this experience? Do you know others who do?
  11. Who are your models of real Christ followers? How often do we see Spiritual Leaders who miss the mark a little? Does that turn you away from Christianity?
  12. What is worship? What is praise? What is it to give glory to God?
  13. Who created hell? Who “administers” hell?

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