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Zondervan Next Christians DVD: How to Live the Gospel and Restore the World

In the wake of the stunning findings his book unChristian shared with the world about younger generations' disenchantment with Christianity over the past few decades, Gabe Lyons became an active participant in most every discussion about the future of Christianity in the U.S. and the world. The Next Christians, a six-session video curriculum with participant’s guide, takes into account recent efforts at Christian renewal, addressing the significant challenges that could undermine the viability of Christianity if the faithful do not employ a completely new outlook. Lyons looks ahead, citing current day models and examples, of how Christianity over the next 100 years can and must adapt, as he optimistically paints a picture of how Christianity’s best days just might lay ahead as a new generation rediscovers their faith in this unprecedented new era in the West. 6 sessions, approx. 90 minutes.

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  • The End of Christian America
  • Restoration Thinking
  • Provoked to Engage
  • Creators Who Are Called
  • Grounded and In Community
  • Counterculture for the Common Good
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Six distinctives are on target.

Date:February 15, 2011
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Location:Orlando, FL
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The emerging generation of Christ-followers value, to borrow a phrase, high touch. According to Gabe Lyons, twenty-first century believers are committed to taking a hands-on approach to “restoring” all of God’s creation, not just humanity, back to the Creator’s original plan.
In this sequel to his best-selling book UnChristian, in which he outlined how Western Christianity is diminishing in influence, Lyons describes six characteristics of The Next Christians, the new generation of Christians who “see themselves on a mission, partnering with God to breathe justice and mercy and peace and compassion and generosity into the world.” The heart of the book is a fleshing-out of the six distinctives with real life stories.
It’s not that we haven’t heard this message before (the lampooning of crusade and Evangelism Explosion-style outreach, and word-without-deed Christianity is hardly prophetic), but Lyons is a fresh and authoritative voice. The vision of ‘the next Christians’ sounds strikingly like that of the Jesus People in the ‘70s, and even the reformers before them who launched missions agencies and built schools, hospitals, and orphanages. ‘The good news about the end of Christian America’ is that a new generation of Christians is re-dreaming the dream … and putting hands and feet to seeing it realized.
Readers looking for some hope in impacting the culture with the Gospel will be encouraged by the vision presented by Lyons in this well-written and researched analysis.
(I was provided with a reviewer’s copy of The Next Christian by WaterBrook Multnomah Books.)
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