Ministry leader Jack Jensz Jr. and his team were on the flight back to Germany after doing relief work in Ukraine, when they got up to encourage the other passengers with a song. "Our heart was to bring joy and hope as there is so much pain with what’s going on in this world," Jensz Jr. said.
Christians living in our postmodern, relativistic society are often warned that sharing their faith is the intolerant “imposing” of their values on others. Since being branded “intolerant” is the cardinal sin in our culture, it’s tempting to keep our salt in the saltshaker and our light under a basket (Matthew 5:13-16). In addition, many Christians are unsure whether they know enough to be able to explain and defend their faith with skeptics. They know the basics of salvation but fear being embarrassed by questions they might not be able to answer. The answer is to return to the “gospel” as a “good story.”
Ours is a day of declining commitment to evangelism, fueled in part by a growing belief that sharing the gospel is wrong in a culture that elevates tolerance above all other values. But the “passive congeniality” that is unwilling to speak of Jesus in everyday conversation is not enough.
The 8th annual event is open to all students, and organizers with Focus on the Family say they hope "it opens doors for students to talk to their friends about the gospel." The event is open to students of all ages, but is mostly done by middle and high school students.
The event, which was the first Franklin Graham has hosted since the start of the COVID-19 pandemic, spanned 14 days and 8 cities. "Times change, culture changes, but people's need for a relationship with God through his son, Jesus Christ, doesn't change," Graham said.
This week we’re focusing on ways to help people turn to God who do not believe they need to turn to God. We have discussed the importance of demonstrating personally the transformation we then invite others to experience and of building relational bridges out of compassion rather than condemnation. Today, let’s embrace excellence with dependence.
All around us, people are looking for healing and relief, which is why it is critical we share the Good News of Jesus Christ with others. But how we do that is just as important. I would like to offer an acronym to help us share the Gospel with our friends, neighbors, family members, coworkers and everyone else we come in contact with — Jesus style — “B.L.A.S.T.”