Give me an experience …


My students in Classroom Methods and Management do a survey of individuals around Chicago and their thoughts on values, reality, God and their worldviews.

We got the usual responses:  Most people seem to believe in God, a god, the gods, a higher power;  People believe that mankind is basically good, which of course sets them up for disappointment; People describe God as something that wouldn’t really fit in any of the major religions;  Values are often measured by what works;  A life held together with duct tape is acceptable;  Knowledge comes from experience.

It seems that there is a lack of trust in authority outside of the self.  Let me experince it and I will believe it!  This poses a problem for Christians, doesn’t it?  It could be a good problem.  Truth on its own isn’t going to bring people to God like it might have 30 years ago.  We must have experienced the truth in order to lead an experiential world into a relationship with the truth giver.  Of course, experience can be satisfying in the moment without Truth.  A complete person unifies a true experience with its author.  There is a stability and an assuredness there that might sound arrogant, but it is really the firm Rock that Christians have stood with through the ages.

About Plymothian

I teach at Moody Bible Institute in Chicago. My interests include education, biblical studies, and spiritual formation. I have been married to Kelli since 1998 and we have two children, Daryl and Amelia. For recreation I like to run, play soccer, play board games, read and travel.
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3 Responses to Give me an experience …

  1. rookie1987 says:

    So our own experience and them seeing our lives and God working through us works better then just preach it brother eh?
    Salt and Light

  2. I see no problem with the world craving experience. We are told to “taste and see” that the Lord is good. Jesus promised that anyone who obeyed him and did as he commanded would know that he was from the Father. And of course there is the whole “seek and you will find” promise as well. In short, we are told to experiment, to “try it out,” or to “get an experience” of Christianity. Further, whoever does try it out is promised a certain kind of experience in response – an experience of truth and an experience that leads to evidence and knowledge of truth.

  3. Joélle Williamson says:

    The problem lies in the fact that non-Christians are no longer searching for that truth. Since post-modernism sunk its claws into society, there is nothing pushing people to the church, but rather, away from it. If people are now needing that experience, then we have to venture out of our Sunday schools and small groups. The church is not giving non-Christians the experience they need; people are. And that is where we come in.

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