Barriers and Bridges

2014 The Nines Conference


In this 5-minute session from the 2014 The Nines Conference by Leadership Network, John Burke shares from experience how to remove barriers and build bridges to the gospel for people of other religions. John Burke is Founding and Lead Pastor at Gateway Community Church, a multi-site church in Austin, Texas. He is also the Founder and President of Gateway Leadership Initiative and the author of several books.  


Which of John’s points did you find most impactful? Why?
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What did the Lord reveal to you through this message? Did you gain a specific insight into your life or ministry? What challenged you?
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How were you encouraged through this message? How can you use what you’ve learned to encourage someone else—in your personal life, at work, or at church—and equip them as a disciple of Christ?
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How, practically, can you implement what you heard from this message in your life and/or ministry today? What will you do differently this week because of what you’ve just heard?
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John said that when talking with people of other religions about Christianity, we remove barriers by letting them be in process and telling them how much God loves them. Then, we build bridges by acknowledging the similarities in all religions and continuing the conversation. Consider what people might be hearing from your pulpit and how you can communicate more genuine love and care for seekers. 


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