Will Our Generation Speak?: A Call to be Bold with the Gospel
Will millennial Christians share the gospel?
Despite the clear [younger] target audience of Grace MallyÃ¢ÂÂs excellent book about the subject of sharing the gospel, Will Our Generation Speak?, she might as well have named it Will Christians Speak?. It doesnÃ¢ÂÂt matter if youÃ¢ÂÂre a millennial or not. It doesnÃ¢ÂÂt matter if youÃ¢ÂÂre saved and youÃ¢ÂÂve never shared the gospel, or youÃ¢ÂÂre saved and have shared the gospel a thousand times. It doesnÃ¢ÂÂt even matter where you are in your personal walk with Jesus Christ. You need to read Will Our Generation Speak? to be abundantly challenged to proclaim our great God and King far more, and a lot more effectively.
Likely a result of my admittedly underwhelming gospel witness, each chapter had me mentally scratching my head in utter disbelief and sheer amazement as I came across one account after another of Grace revisiting a time when she shared the gospel by herself or with other believers. And knowing Grace wasnÃ¢ÂÂt about to describe every last conversation sheÃ¢ÂÂs engaged in blew me away even further. IÃ¢ÂÂm necessarily embarrassed by it all, knowing how little IÃ¢ÂÂve talked to people about the Lord Jesus Christ, and how many opportunities IÃ¢ÂÂve wasted. Her example of obedience to the Great Commission rebukes me to the uttermost, and I rejoice how God has used someone like Grace to reach lost souls. Chapter 2 alone has already encouraged me to be praying more that God would make me a fisher of men! IÃ¢ÂÂm most curious how He will answer these prayers and use a pathetic sinner saved by grace such as I!
In general, Will Our Generation Speak? is filled with details of what the every day sharing of the gospel can look like, and itÃ¢ÂÂs not complicated. It all starts with asking the Lord for opportunities, for help, and that He would guide you toward someone or a group of people. Yet every Christian comes up with excuses to avoid witnessing, and Grace nails a bunch of them. She also explains from GodÃ¢ÂÂs Word why our excuses are wrongÃ¢ÂÂ¦and how to overcome them. They really boil down to selfishness and unbelief. We are selfish not to share the desperately-needed news of the gospel. And we demonstrate that we donÃ¢ÂÂt really believe what God says by being fearful and timid. ItÃ¢ÂÂs really nothing other than caring about ourselves (i.e. how we look, our Ã¢ÂÂreputationÃ¢ÂÂ, etc.) more than we do about lost souls. In the grand scheme of the mission, even if people you witness to arenÃ¢ÂÂt friendly (and Grace shares experiences along those very lines), that doesnÃ¢ÂÂt mean you stop!
As far as the practical elements of witness, I would ultimately and unnecessarily write a short book mentioning all of what Grace describes throughout WOGS?. But one concept you canÃ¢ÂÂt possibly miss while reading is her use of gospel tracts. Grace is wise to say that tracts are great tools and conversation starters. I agree, as do many others, and need to use them more often and more passionately.
The fact is that if Christians are to witness well, we must be confident in the truths of GodÃ¢ÂÂs Word. We must be confident in GodÃ¢ÂÂs promises to be with us when we witness, and in His promises to work through us despite our weaknesses and personal quirks. Perhaps above all, we need to combat the deceitfulness of our own hearts and minds with GodÃ¢ÂÂs Word! Grace couldnÃ¢ÂÂt have said it any better; when we avoid a witnessing opportunity, that means weÃ¢ÂÂve likely believed a lie either of our own, or of SatanÃ¢ÂÂs.
In the end, every believer should want to tell others of Christ because they love Christ and want to share His transforming love. In the end, how our audiences react just doesnÃ¢ÂÂt matter, as long as weÃ¢ÂÂve done our best to be gracious. In the end, God wants faithful messengers of His truth, not sheepish hoarders of the most precious gift ever offered. Fellow millennial disciples of Jesus Christ, the statistics of sharing the gospel are not on our side. I donÃ¢ÂÂt say that to provoke you into guilt or shame-driven witnessing. I just want to join Grace and the many sheÃ¢ÂÂs accompanied in going to the nations, and I want you to do the same! Read Will Our Generation Speak?, and let our [millennial] generation be known for having spoken.
April 29, 2014
Great graduation gift or just for fun
I purchased a few copies of this book as an add on for some graduation gifts. My teenage daughters really like this book. The young author lives out the example of witnessing and shares real life experiences as well as suggestions and a charge to the younger generation.
As an adult and mom, it encouraged me to share my faith and also was a catalyst to helping me talk to God about why I don't share the gospel more.
I would encourage adults to purchase several copies and give to your youth pastor, teachers of teens, or any teenager who claims to be a Christ follower. Don't forget to read it yourself and let God show you why you as an adult don't share the truth with others.
June 8, 2013
Excellent and practical
I purchased this book for my 20-year-old daughter who is already a great witness to unbelievers. We have also read the author's other book, written with her brother and sister, "Making Brothers and Sisters Best Friends." That book was excellent in helping our family deal with the normal sibling squabbles in a biblical way. When I received "Will Our Generation Speak," I read most of it before wrapping it up for Christmas. It was riveting and full of Scripture and true-life stories and ideas that make me want to read it to our whole family. Readers of any age will learn practical ways to reach this culture that is looking for answers. I highly recommend this book!
January 4, 2013