Do you wonder about the next generation of Christians? I know I have to admit that I do. It’s been something that has been on my mind ever since I was young. I’ve always been someone who ponders about what the next generation will bring. In my most recent readings, I have been very encouraged about the next generation of Christians. Gabe Lyons has expanded his look into the millennial generation of believers in his book The Next Christians: Seven Ways You Can Live The Gospel and Restore the World.
In this book he paints a great picture of just how unique this next generation of believers are and how they have the capacity to do for Christianity something that is different and greater than the previous generations have been able to do. One of the great things that Gabe points out is that this next generation is one that sees the failings of the predecessors and are thinking about faith in such a way that, while they may not necessarily call themselves “Christian” by name, their actions are more in tuned to the heart of God by acknowledging that God desires restoration of all things, not simply conversion of all people.
I believe that pastors and leaders definitely need to read this book if they are to capture the heart of this generation. I also believe that this generation of believers would do well to read this as well. If they are like me in any way, they have probably wondered why they don’t think along the lines of those that have come before them. If there is any sense in the heart that there has to be more to this thing called Christianity, you’ll find affirmation and confirmation in this book.
While this generation of believers have a different mind, they also seek the wisdom in how best to implement those things that are in their heart. As Gabe points to each of the seven ways that we can live the gospel and restore the world, it requires and a new way of thinking. Gabe points out shifts that are and must occur. Those who can see and adapt will position themselves on the path to be a part of a greater scope of fulfilling the will of God.
QUESTION: What have been your thoughts about the Next Christians? Are you among them? How are you seeing things differently?