Itâ€™s no secret that many young people leave the church and their faith. The lesser-known fact is that many keep their faith but leave because they donâ€™t see the Body of Christ as essential to their walk with Jesus.
Thatâ€™s an untruth we must attack if we are to train young people up in the way of God. But how? Thatâ€™s what this book is all about.
A LIGHT TO THE LUKEWARM
Yes, we are lights to the lost. But we must never lose sight of the fact that we are lights to one another as well, including those living lukewarm lifestyles. Believers stuck in mediocrity need to see passionate followers of Jesus in actionâ€”both in word and deed. And passionate followers of Jesus must practice unconditional love to their unlovely brothers and sisters.
We have a stake in each others walk with Jesus. We either grow together, or cut down each other. Going it alone spiritually isnâ€™t right unless specifically called by God.
Question For You: What does this mean for you and your ministry?
Music sets a tone. The weather sets a tone. Sentence structure sets a tone. And people? People really set a tone. The problem is that many young people donâ€™t see the power in Christ they have as tone-setters. Instead, they
- Tell others that they want to make a difference in the world, but ignore the little differences they could make along the way.
- Grumble at the headiness of their congregation, but refuse to speak up about head-knowledge Christianity.
- Wonder why the church doesnâ€™t provide ministries, but never think of starting one.
Imagine the impact weâ€™d have if we all lived as tone-setters for Jesusâ€”not only outside but also inside the church. Imagine throwing off fear. Choosing to love. And encouraging others in the ways of the King.
Question For You: What would it mean for you and your ministry to tone-set for Jesus inside the church?
Caleb Breakey is the author of two forthcoming books with Harvest House Publishers, and is currently raising pledges to create a DVD Series about â€œFollowing Jesus Without Leaving the Church.â€ If you are interested in his project, please check out his Kickstarter.com page RIGHT HERE. As of this posting, heâ€™s raised $6,271 of the needed $9,000 to create the DVD Series. Leave a comment and you will be entered into a drawing of Logos Bible Software: Leaders Library ($325 value). Winner will be chosen at random next week!