Share your neighboring plans

christmas-streetAs we’ve talked about living a “questionable life” this Fall, we talked about our neighborhood being a good place to start actually living it out.

Last week we brainstormed ways you could take steps in this direction during Advent.

So what will you do? Share what you’re committing to below and come back to share how it went. You just might inspire someone else to take action!

Responses to “A Questionable Life”

sm-questionable-lifeA month ago we began a series called “A Questionable Life,” based on a letter Peter wrote. The idea was to explore what it means to live as a Christian in our modern world. The title of the series comes from a talk by Michael Frost where he says that we should live the kind of lives that will evoke questions. The first Sunday we asked two questions:

  1. What is most confusing or difficult about living as a Christian in our society?
  2. What is your response to the idea of a questionable life?

Here is what emerged from the responses.

What is most confusing or difficult about living as a Christian in our society?

The most prevalent theme, by a landslide, was how we should believe and behave in our modern world.

“Christians in our society are either blending in with everyone else (no difference) or they are outspoken and unloving toward others.”

“To figure out how to be faithful to God and relevant in our culture and loving to those around us.”

“Whether to openly share about religion or to shut up about it.”

“I think it is hard/confusing to tell people about Christ and His expectations of us without coming across as judgmental to non-believers. Because of this, I focus on “building a relationship” but don’t choose, or know how, to take that next step.”

The second group of responses had to do with the way people perceive Christians and Christianity, often because of past experiences or what they see in the media.

[It’s difficult] “being associated with people who are judgmental, uncaring, and self-righteous.”

“The most difficult thing for me about living as a Christian in our society is always feeling like I should apologize. I feel kind of ashamed of how Christians are perceived and feel like I should apologize for all ‘the crazies.'”

Finally, people talked about the difficulty of knowing how to engage current cultural trends and issues.

“Discerning where truth and love intersect and how to live faithfully in a culture of pluralism.”

Christians in our society are finding it difficult to navigate and relate to the rapidly changing culture and I feel often find themselves attaching their opinions to a popular voice that doesn’t match up with the teaching of Jesus, but actually somewhat the opposite.”

What is your response to the idea of a questionable life?

There were two primary groups of responses on this question. The first was a sense of excitement or intrigue that motivated people to figuring out what a questionable life would look like.

“I am so excited about the idea of this. It makes so much sense and I can’t wait to dive in to figure out what this looks like.”

“How amazing would it be if the church functioned to support those who are living a questionable life–adoption/foster care, sustainable living, etc. If members knew the Church and the local church would dream with and support questionable living?”

“I think this is exactly what I needed to hear tonight. What am I doing to make people ask those questions about me?”

The other response, and in some cases connected to the first, was some fear or hesitation about what this would actually mean.

“I think it would be kinda scary and different; that other people would have a questionable life also, makes me feel better though.”

“I am open and excited to be challenged to live a questionable life. Yet, I admit that I like being “comfortable” and like my little routines.”

“Fearful. Yes! And it’s so hard to do.”

Want to hear more? Listen to sermons from this series or join us this Sunday.