Four Types of Unchurched People
Let’s take a closer look at the Investment Chart and the four categories of receptivity to the Good News.
Typically, people are cynical about Christianity for one of the following reasons:
- They have had a bad experience with a Church or with a particular Christian (a perceived hypocrite)
- They have a problem with historical events in which Christians were at their worst: the Crusades, the Inquisition, the Salem Witch Trials
However, most Cynics are not cynical about Jesus. Almost everyone agrees that the world would be a better place if everyone followed His teachings. So, if you’re dealing with a Cynic, keep the focus on Jesus.
Skeptical people are full of questions. Our task is to answer them as best we can or provide them with the right resources. Don’t be afraid to engage in spiritual conversations with a Skeptic. You don’t have to know the answer to every question. Be honest. If you don’t know, say so and tell them you’ll check it out and get back to them. If you need help, call me and we’ll get it figured out.
Understand, that some people are true Skeptics – they have honest questions. Others use questions or doubts as an excuse to avoid making a commitment. That’s out of your control. As long as you engage with them and do your best to provide answers, the rest is between them and God.
In my opinion, these are the toughest people to deal with. They aren’t Cynical or Skeptical. They just aren’t interested. They’ve got far too many other things to focus on besides a relationship with God. It’s unfortunate, but in my experience, it usually takes a life altering event to get a Spectator’s attention.
If they are open to reading the Bible, suggest an easy to read version. Then suggest they begin with the book of Mark. It’s the shortest and easiest of the four Gospels (biographies of Jesus) to read. Be ready to run through the Bridge or explain baptism to them.
Today review the material in Session 1 of your CLASS 101 book and if you didn't see it yesterday review this chart.