Thursday, October 29, 2009

5 Kinds of Christians

a Biblical thought...
The disciples, each according to his ability, decided to provide help for the brothers living in Judea. This they did, sending their gift to the elders by Barnabas and Saul. (Acts 11:29-30)

a Book thought...
When you choose to serve out of sheer obedience to God, you discover that He knows more about you than you know about yourself. (p98)

a Dave thought...
To understand the range and differences among Christians, Christianity Today International recently partnered with Zondervan Publishers to commission Knowledge Networks to conduct attitudinal and behavioral research of Christians. In September 2006, more than 1,000 self-identified Christians 18 years of age and older were surveyed on their religious beliefs and practices. The results reveal a number of significant differences. In fact, portraits of five distinct segments emerged from the study. We have named them Active, Professing, Liturgical, Private, and Cultural Christians.

Active Christians 19%
Believe salvation comes through Jesus Christ
Committed churchgoers
Bible readers
Accept leadership positions
Invest in personal faith development through the church
Feel obligated to share faith; 79% do so.

Professing Christians 20%
Believe salvation comes through Jesus Christ
Focus on personal relationship with God and Jesus
Similar beliefs to Active Christians, different actions
Less involved in church, both attending and serving
Less commitment to Bible reading or sharing faith

Liturgical Christians 16%
Predominantly Catholic and Lutheran
Regular churchgoers
High level of spiritual activity, mostly expressed by serving in church and/or community
Recognize authority of the church

Private Christians 24%
Largest and youngest segment
Believe in God and doing good things
Own a Bible, but don't read it
Spiritual interest, but not within church context
Only about a third attend church at all
Almost none are church leaders

Cultural Christians 21%
Little outward religious behavior or attitudes
God aware, but little personal involvement with God
Do not view Jesus as essential to salvation
Affirm many ways to God
Favor universality theology

Just a thought.


Anonymous said...

As Christians continue to chase relevance like a dog chasing its own tail, the world around us is quietly looking for something more something deeper, something less self-aware, something unfashionable. Christians make a difference in this world by being different from this world – they don’t make a difference by being the same. Everything we do in this life matters in the arena in which God has called us to work and live. Because God is on a mission to transform this world into the world to come, we are called to live unfashionable, to be countercultural, to make a difference that goes on long after we have left this world. This requires we think biblically and therefore differently from the world about power, sex and money.

Anonymous said...

Jumpins... I've been saying that for years.