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Evangelicals: Christians with Convictions [blog]

Last year, in the UK, more than 17,000 people filled in a questionnaire at popular Christian festivals in Wells, England and Scotland, and a members of 35 randomly selected Evangelical Alliance member churches. These are all fascinating numbers. When it comes to ‘being’ an evangelical here are the answers:

  • 96% attend a church service at least once a week.
  • 93% agree that Christians should have a voice in the media.
  • 92% agree that Christians should be united in mission!
  • 91% strongly agree that Jesus is the only way to God.
  • 77% do pray daily.
  • 77% attend a small group at least once in two weeks.

And, when it comes to ‘giving’ here are the answers:

  • 75% households give 10% to their church or charities (of the 65+ age group)
  • 64% households of the 45-54 age group;
  • 53% households of the 25-34 age group;

Considering giving to individual missionaries:

  • 56% of the ones in the age group 65+ are giving
  • 45% in the age group 35-44
  • 28% in the age group 16-24 years.

One of the quite interesting findings is related to an age group of 16-24 years, who consider themselves evangelical Christians and their convictions. They are to:

  • Less likely to strongly agree that the Bible has supreme authority;
  • Less likely to give money
  • Less likely to pray or read the Bible every day
  • Less likely to consider faith to be a key factor in their decision making

Are we considering a new generation of evangelical Christians coming? Do we know how they think and what they need? Are we ready to work on the next generation of Christian leaders? Do we know how to address the above issues in an appealing and meaningful way?

I don’t… yet, but I am working on it!

Photo credit: Paul Kitchener

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Whenever I hear a story like this, I realize that there are many people hungry for God… [blog]

My friend Drasko from Serbia recently wrote the following account:

Sinisa is an independent believer who began listening to TWR programs in the Serbian language. Recently, I met him at his home on the Serbian-Hungarian border so that we could share the “Sabbath day” together.

After entering Sinisa’s small, cozy home, he told me his life story. “I only started reading the Bible when I was 31 years old. I visited different Christian communities and was baptized in 1995 in the Tisa River. However, their church closed soon afterwards. Afterwards, I did not join another church community. Many Evangelicals preach salvation by grace and study the Bible, but I just did not find myself as a part of them since I am a Sabbath keeper.

My wife and I suddenly got divorced a few years ago. One day she just decided that she wanted a divorce and within three weeks, my marriage was over. I left our house to her and our two children since I did not want the children to have to move. Later I learned that she was interested in Eastern spirituality, which was probably the reason for the divorce. However, I am glad that my son has good Christian company around him and my daughter has been attending a church.”

Two years ago, Sinisa married a local Evangelical believer and both have been listening to TWR’s Serbian and Hungarian programs.

“I listen to TTB regularly. Even if I do not always agree with Dr. McGee, this program helps me to grow spiritually and even change some of my opinions on particular passages in Scripture. This program on Revelation is very interesting to me.”

After five hours of fellowship, it was time for me to return home, but we will meet again this summer. Let us pray that Sinisa and his wife find a local church family and continue pursuing God’s will for their lives.

More about programs in Serbian language at www.twr-serbia.org