Ok, so this was a long read and as I'm searching for comments I'm drawn back to the beginning of the chapter and Kelly's visit with Shelly. It would be interesting if we could sit in a circle and play out this scenerio, how to talk "gospel" to the unsaved in a language they could grasp.
I'm thinking here, if I were to begin to explain to you some horse training terms, would you know what I meant when I said "wait for the yield, you're in the wrong lead, ask him to join up, release the pressure, use your seat?" Those phrases make perfect sense to me and my students would soon learn them, but it would all be "greek" in the beginning. So it is with the unsaved, unchurched people we come in contact with.
I remember Lisha, as a young person, told someone that she had "conviction" about something and their response, "What you mean conviction, you been in jail?" So you see, we become comfortable with "theology" and we need to come back to a simple gospel for a people who possibly have never been inside a church. Our world is full of those who have never heard "Jesus" outside of a swearing comment.
"On being Holy"
I'm taking question #1 ( page 194) .
I grew up with little church experience but that "little" left me believing,
"You don't drink, you don't chew and you don't run with those who do"
Christians don't go to movies and girls should dress modestly.
Holiness is not necessarily an outward appearance but an inward working of the Holy Spirit in us bearing witness of "whose" we are. Our witness should not have to be the "Jesus" bumper stickers, religious t-shirts or the big cross we wear, but the "Jesus" in us, flowing out that whosoever we come in contact with might say "There's something different about you".