Engaging Our Cultural Moment

2017 RightNow Conference Orlando

We live in a volatile cultural moment. Those in our society define truth for themselves, while remaining skeptical of Christians. It can be easy to disengage and withdraw. In this 30-minute session from the 2017 RightNow Conference in Orlando, Gabe Lyons calls believers to compassion and love, instilling confidence to engage with others in our culture for the glory of God.

Gabe Lyons is the Founder of Q Ideas—a learning community that mobilizes Christians to advance the common good in society. He’s the author of The Next Christians: Seven Ways You Can Live the Gospel and Restore the World and the co-author of the bestseller UnChristian: What a New Generation Really Thinks About Christianity and Why It Matters. Gabe also co-founded Catalyst, a national gathering of young leaders. 

As you watch this session, take notes and write down thoughts about how this session can impact your ministry. 

The Church needs to be the place where those in our culture can ask difficult questions and have conversation. Believers have a responsibility to engage our culture moment with confidence. Gabe urged believers to understand the times in which we live. If we can understand the moment in which we live in history, we gain deep insights into how to point people to the truth. 

Do you understand the cultural moment in which we live? How would you describe society at this present time? What are the issues? What kinds of conversations are occurring? What does it reveal about people’s search for truth?
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Are there certain issues or conversations which make you uncomfortable? Are there topics which tempt you to disengage or withdraw? Why do you think that happens?
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How would you describe the difference between “good faith” and “bad religion?” Which one characterizes your life? How do you think an outsider would view your life?
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Hebrews 10:23-24 (ESV)

23 Let us hold fast the confession of our hope without wavering, for he who promised is faithful.24And let us consider how to stir up one another to love and good works,

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God is faithful. We must hold fast to truth, while also continuing to love others well. This is what it means to have “good faith.” 

True tolerance makes space for people who disagree with you. Who in your life has a different viewpoint or opinion? How could you seek to build a stronger relationship with that person?
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What are some strategies for finding common ground with others? What makes this a winsome strategy?
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Gabe referenced a call back to the basics: back to our knees in prayer, and back to Scripture. Often God will work revival through us on our knees, with nobody watching. 

What issues are on your heart to bring to the Lord while on your knees? How could you intercede for those living within this cultural moment?
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The truth will move forward, regardless of what the world brings against it. As believers, we can confidently and lovingly engage with those who disagree, while trusting God to continue to bring His Kingdom on earth. 

For more information about the RightNow Conference, or to find out how to attend next year’s event, visit rightnowconference.org

For more from Gabe Lyons, see The Next Christians, or visit qideas.org.