7 Questions

Recently, in Leadership Journal (Spring 2012, p60), I read about the 7 Questions for New Converts in an Asian Country:

“Asian Access (or A2), a Christian missions agency in South Asia, listed a series of questions that church planters must ask new believers who are considering baptism. (Due to safety concerns, Asian Access does not mention the country’s name.) The country is predominantly Hindu, but over the past few decades Christianity has grown in popularity—especially among poor and tribal peoples. These are the seven questions asked to help determine a new convert’s readiness to follow Christ:

Are you willing to leave home and lose the blessing of your father?
Are you willing to lose your job?
Are you willing to go to the village and those who persecute you, forgive them, and share the love of Christ with them?
Are you willing to give an offering to the Lord?
Are you willing to be beaten rather than deny your faith?
Are you willing to go to prison?
Are you willing to die for Jesus?

If the new convert answers yes to all of these questions, then A2 leaders invite that person to sign on the bottom of the paper that of their own free will they have decided to follow Jesus. But here’s the risk: if a new convert signs the paper and is caught by the government, he or she will spend three years behind bars. The one who did the evangelizing faces six years in prison.”

These questions spell out the challenges that a Christian needs to be prepared for in that unnamed country.  What questions come to mind for U.S. Christians?  What are the challenges we face daily for which we need to be prepared? 

2 thoughts on “7 Questions

  1. Besides the questions listed, which I think are perfectly pertinent for Christians in the U.S., I would ask, “With the religious freedom you are guaranteed in America, are you willing to fight for and defend those who are persecuted for their Christian beliefs?” As for daily challenges, I think a big one is Satan’s distractions. He has us so busy and plugged in to worldly things, that God gets our left-over time and our faith gets stale.

  2. Are you willing to admit that you, also, are broken? Do you dare to believe that He is enough?–not another spouse, or another job, or a better church, or better friends, or better meds, or a better past, not more acts of service, or more confession, or fasting, or the right ritual, at the right time, in the right way…that He alone satisfies? Some how, feebly, brokenly, like a scream in the night sometimes, can you begin to believe that His love is good, and true, that it surprises, and heals, and transforms?

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