6 Tips For Sharing The Gospel With Young Adults
Three years ago, I started a Christian blog.
I had NO IDEA what I was doing.
My Bible knowledge was minimal at best.
But if there’s one thing I’ve learned along the way…
God likes to use the unqualified.
Almost 1 Million people have visited our website, GetBetterToday.com.
Thousands of people watched our LIVE episodes of Get Better TV.
And now, young adults in our community keep coming to our weekly bible study.
Needless to say, the past 3 years have been quite the journey. Here are a few things I’ve learned about sharing the gospel with young adults along the way:
1. Attack religion head on!
If you asked one hundred random 18-25 year olds “what it means to be a Christian”, you’d hear:
- No partying or drinking.
- Going to church.
- Not having sex.
And the sad part is…not a SINGLE one of those things is even remotely accurate.
Even worse, a young adult that believes those things “make them a Christian” is in more danger than one that’s partying, skipping church and having sex.
We need to consistently paint a clear picture of our sinful nature and our need for a Savior. There’s a reason Jesus always scolded the Pharisees, religion is destructive.
When young adults understand it’s impossible to live up to God’s standards, they’ll begin to rely on the Cross – and not their own merit.
2. Focus on Grace & Truth
There needs to be a balance between Grace and Truth in everything you do. As Pastor Andy Stanley said in his book Deep & Wide, any leader that doesn’t rely on both grace and truth, is on a downward spiral.
We need to make it clear that EVERYONE is welcome. Every young adult needs to believe that the Church isn’t for people who have it all together, but for people that admit they need a Savior.
But we can’t shy away from the Truth. If we truly believe the Bible is the absolute truth about everything in life, we need to talk about it with confidence.
Keep in mind though, many parts of the Bible are offensive in today’s society, so it’s important to speak and write with grace – not pride or arrogance.
3. Cut straight to the chase.
Thanks to an insane amount of political correctness and lack of authentic customer service – younger generations are incredibly guarded. They automatically question everything you say and they’ll completely tune you out if they think you’re “faking”.
That’s why we have to attack issues head on. After spending 18 years learning about life from music, TV and movies – they’re perception on the world is dramatically different from reality.
The only way to “break through the noise” is to cut straight to the chase.
Challenge what they think about life, sex and relationships – with Biblical truth. Show them there’s a better way – God’s way.
I always say…
God’s not up there barking orders. He’s trying to save us from destroying ourselves.
4. You Don’t Have To Be “Trendy”
Stop trying to make the Bible and Christianity relevant.
It already is.
Should our styles of music, leadership and presentation change? Absolutely. But the power of the Gospel doesn’t change.
5. Stop Worrying About Who Shows Up
Before the foundation of the earth, God chose you to bring Him glory. That’s why every single person you come in contact with is a part of HIS plan – not yours.
Here’s my strategy for 2015:
1. Share the Gospel.
2. Love people.
3. Get out of the way and let God do His work.
6. Build A Team That Doesn’t Need You
When I started Get Better TV a few years ago, I knew one thing: there was power in numbers.
In other words, SEVERAL young Christian leaders could have a greater impact than just myself.
I was right.
The show was an instant hit and I’m forever grateful to our amazing team.
If we had a Bible trivia contest, they’d destroy me.
“Surround yourself with people who are smarter than you.” –Russell Simmons
Leaders need to put their ego aside and build a strong team. Let them use their strengths, so you focus on yours.
If your ministry needs YOU to function, your team isn’t strong enough.
What do you think? Is there something I’ve missed?
Let me know in the comment section below.