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Removing Obstacles to the Gospel

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Removing Obstacles to the Gospel

Everyone can learn to remove obstacles to the Gospel by recognizing the most prevalent obstacles.
#1 obstacle - Christian character
Emotional
Evil
Ethical
Religious
Scientific
Pomo
The majority of unchurched are not always unbelievers - in fact, most aren’t.
The majority are non-practicing Christians: The claim Christianity is their faith but they haven’t been to church in a long time.
Why should you learn to talk to skeptics because . . .
1 in 4 unchurched adults are skeptics - either atheists or agnostics
Barna combines atheists and agnostics into one group they call skeptics
Who Are the Atheists? For reporting purposes at Barna, we often combine atheists and agnostics into one group, which we call skeptics.
Skeptics either do not believe God exists (atheists) or are not sure God exists, but are open to the possibility (agnostics).
Skeptics represent one-quarter of all unchurched adults (25%).
Nearly one-third of skeptics have never attended a Christian church service in their lives (31%).
That’s nearly double the proportion of “virgin unchurched” who are not skeptics (17%).
The profile of a typical skeptic is different today from a decade or two ago. Today’s skeptics, like their counterparts from two decades ago, are defined by their denial of or doubts about God’s existence. But that is about the only thing they have in common with the unchurched atheist or agnostic of yesteryear. Below are five demographic shifts among skeptics in the past two decades.
They are younger
20 years ago 18% of skeptics were under 30
Today, that number is 34%
They are more educated
20 years ago 33% were college graduates
today 50% are college graduates
More of them are women
1993 only 16% of skeptics were women
2013 the number nearly tripled to 43%
More racially diverse
Whites dominated with 80% 20 years ago
Today, that number dropped to 74%
The reason being the the rise of Latino and Asian skeptics
They are more dispersed regionally
Discipleship is not an option
Discipleship is about transformation
Information is not transformation
Information becomes transformation when you follow (Obey) Jesus
Now as Jesus was walking by the Sea of Galilee, He saw two brothers, Simon who was called Peter, and Andrew his brother, casting a net into the sea; for they were fishermen. And He said to them, “Follow Me, and I will make you fishers of men.” Immediately they left their nets and followed Him.” (, NASB95)
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