Gabe Lyons really hits it home with The Next Christians. The book itself was an easy read when it comes to the content and time it took to read, but it takes time to process and see how it is impacting you. This book is not one to take lightly it is a book that challenges the reader to ask themselves, what are they doing as Christians to make an impact on those around us. This book has hit me at a time in my life where i have been asking myself whats next, how do I do this thing called my Christian Walk and living in Community with others. After reading it I have no clearer answers but I do realize that there are others with the same struggle and battle.
Lyons talks about the fact that we are coming to a point in time that we must “reenvision” what our faith is, how it plays out, or should i say how it is lived out. We need to find a way to help those around us to experience the Christian faith in such a way that it meets their deep spiritual needs. Current or past Christianity does not necessarily do that. Our church’s are making less of an impact on the people that attend and less of an impact on the communities they minister to.
Lyons discusses the 6 Characteristics that set “Next Christians” apart: 1. Being provoked and not offended. 2. Creators, not critics. 3. Called, not employed. 4. Grounded, not distracted. 5. In Community, not alone. 6. Countercultural, not “relevant”
The points that I think resonate so personally to me are the Called and not employed and in community and not alone. We are called to a life of ministry not just one vocationally, and we are called to not live our life out alone. These are just two areas that I personally felt and seen God nudging me. I know that there are others. Take a further look into The Next Christians” to be further challenged and inspired to change.
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