The thinking behind Introducing God
Our society has lost its Christian roots; therefore evangelism will best be done by telling the Bible’s big story. Guest services and evangelistic rallies often assume too much, both in terms of the non-Christian knowledge of God and the need for salvation. Introducing God slowly draws people towards Christ through talks, multimedia and discussion.
The shift from modernism to postmodernism means the propositions of the Bible will best be heard when presented in relational categories. Discussion groups, testimonies, and the “story line” of the Bible all aid in the interpretation of Biblical ideas.
The emphasis today on experience over truth means that, more than wanting to know is it true, people wish to see how being in relationship with God “works in your life”. Over the course of nine weeks and a weekend away, our friends are able to closely observe our lives as Christians.
Our friends access information now much less linearly than in the past (ie. we click on the hypertext link, rather than read the book), so we want to provide a safe forum for discussion for the unstructured accessing of information and processing of ideas.
We need a casual relaxed environment that “feels good” – where the information can be accessed very gently. Introducing God is very typically conducted over a meal in a restaurant, club or home.