Last week, I talked a bit about communicating with younger people and people at Victory that are not in the same generation as you or me.
Why is it important? I love that Paul clearly defines why it is important and why it matters to the church in Philippi: “I am torn between the two: I desire to depart and be with Christ, which is better by far; but it is more necessary for you that I remain in the body. Convinced of this, I know that I will remain, and I will continue with all of you for your progress and joy in the faith” (Philippians 1:23-25).
What are some ways we can help our brothers and sisters at Victory continue in their spiritual progress and have joy in their faith? Here are a few more thoughts.
- Be transparent. Transparency is such a big deal to all of us, but especially those under 35. Why, because we have grown up in a world of deception. If you look around you, you are bombarded by “fake news” and “sales pitches” from anything from food to technology. If you believe everything you read, you will be one confused person without serious discernment.
So how do you communicate transparency? Jesus modeled transparency in Matthew 26:38 when he said to His disciples, “My soul is deeply grieved, to the point of death; remain here and keep watch with Me.”
Perhaps you can share a Scripture you read this week that was confusing for you to understand or difficult for you to apply? What are the fruits you’ve seen in your own life as you’ve learned and applied this truth? Thinking through these questions in conversation with those around you will help you weave transparency into discussions about how scripture is real and applicable each day.
2. Inspire your audience to help others. Motivate younger and older generations to help and serve others. Cast a vision for serving others. When we encourage other Christians to focus outward, it helps them realize the purpose God has for them: “And let us consider how we may spur one another on toward love and good deeds” (Hebrews 10:24).
3. Speak relationally. Speaking relationally means connecting you and your friend’s life experience and relationships to the “story” of your lives. When sharing encouragement from scripture, don’t just drop a “scripture bomb” and walk away. Share what that scripture means to you and the implications of what kind of life changes it might require.
I love reading Paul’s sermon in Athens found in Acts 17:16-34. While it is done in a public forum, it not only focuses on the scholarly aspect of the need for God, but it highlights the need for a personal God, Jesus Christ who loved us and gave himself for us. It is such a beautiful example of a clear message that flows and builds while pointing to the gospel.
With God’s grace, we can strive to engage all generations, regardless of age, with the amazing truth of His Word by developing a relationship with God’s people for spiritual encouragement and joy.