Who DO You Trust!
Adult members of the Millennial Generation have the lowest level of trust among all generations in America. Only 19% of them felt that people generally could be trusted. In their recent review of social trends, Pew Research offered this chart, Millennials Less Trusting of Others, which has implications for us as we try to Make the God Connection with anyone.
Source: http://www.pewsocialtrends.org/2014/03/07/millennials-in-adulthood/ accessed 4/1/2014.
When we share the gospel of Jesus Christ with someone in the millennial age group, we have to face the fact that they are a pretty wary bunch, even when they are not confronting life-changing challenges. As you share the gospel with them you might consider these three things:
- Remember Who’s in Charge! This is not always easy. Just pray for an opportunity to share the gospel. Honor the Lord by learning to share the gospel clearly and simply with Biblical accuracy. Then do the best you can to declare the gospel, with personal authenticity, in the context of a person’s current situation that they have revealed to you. The Holy Spirit is in charge of whether or not the person trusts Christ. So that’s good news. Relax.
- Recognize that trusting may be really tough. Your clients often have had a rough life and people around them may not be trustworthy at all! This is why your demeanor of grace and the center’s integrity and care for a person may be so novel that she will later say to you, “You were so nice. You guys really cared about me! That’s why I came back.” If she can trust you, that’s a good start! Be ready for questions and, if you don’t know an answer, say so, and tell her you’ll get back to her.
- Gospel conversations are not abrupt! You just can’t leap into the gospel from a conversation about unplanned pregnancy without first touching on some spiritual topic. Sometimes, I ask a person, “Who or what do you rely on when times are hard?” Maybe they know more about trust than you think! Their answer often tells something about whether they have any spiritual beliefs.
- If the conversation is progressing, take the opportunity to share your testimony about how trusting in Christ for your salvation has changed your condition and your hope. If you use the “Create Your Three-Word Testimony Worksheet” it will help you write your testimony with the gospel embedded in it. You’ll be sharing how you decided to “Take a Chance on Jesus” and trust Him for your salvation. Learn to create your testimony here: http://evantell.org/Tools/Article-Detail/Article/11/How-to-Develop-Your-3-Word-Testimony#sthash.ukcpUSqo.dpbs
- Use a single verse, John 3:16, to share the gospel. Grab the instructions here: http://evantell.org/Tools/Article-Detail/Article/67/How-to-Share-the-Gospel-with-One-Verse#sthash.1JEvDgxG.dpbs
- If you have a smart phone or iPad, you can link to EvanTell’s mobile site on which there is a video of the gospel presentation that you and she can view together! Just get on your mobile device and key in http://www.evantell.org and the mobile site will come up with the gospel presentation on it!
If a person trusts Christ alone for her salvation, there’s wonderful opportunity to help her know what to do next to grow in her faith. We will be posting on “3 Crucial Steps for New Believers” next week!