The Story of “Could God Be for Me?”

 

Dear Friend,

As a Christian concerned with welcoming people into the faith, I have been troubled by the decrease of Christian witnessing in my culture.  I believe one reason those called to spread the faith have been quiet is that many have an almost instinctive sense that the gospel does not ring true to many hearers.  People in our culture have far less conviction of sin and shame, and less concern about life after death than in earlier generations.  Therefore, our announcement that Jesus is the source of forgiveness and the door to heaven can be received as interesting but not compelling.

Several years ago I was introduced to a book, Theological Worlds, by W. Paul Jones (Abingdon, 1989).  Jones’ research proposes that people reside in one of five theological worlds, each with its own obsession and suitable healing.  While Jones’ study and teaching was centered on the implications for Christian believers, I became convinced that the reality of a variety of theological worlds may have important implications for people uncommitted to Christ.

I began in 2010 observing and interviewing people, both in and out of the Christian family.  I have reframed the language of the worlds and focused on communicating to those still wrestling with the implications of the gospel of Jesus.  One result is this booklet.

I am grateful to the people of New Life Community in Lexington, Kentucky, where I pastor, and the students and staff at Indiana Wesleyan University where I serve as chaplain and instructor.  Their ideas, responses and encouragement have helped immeasurably in the development of what I call Five World Evangelism and Could God Be for Me.

Of course, I am most grateful to God, who has given me life and wholeness, and who is even now working to redeem the whole world, including you.

Blessings in the Battle,

David Durst

For more information or materials, or to share your story,

contact me at daviddurst@gmail.com














Could God Be for Me?

“Could God Be for Me?” is a way of connecting the desires of the human spirit to God’s ability to infuse people with life and purpose. 

It invites people to identify their own spiritual world with its primary dilemma.  We naturally carry the feel of the fugitive (needing relief from guilt), the faint (longing for significance), the foreigner (missing intimacy), the fighter (craving to correct things), or the flattened (weighed down by personal and world troubles).

It also explores how a relationship with Jesus Christ can turn a dilemma into a destiny.  Fugitives find forgiveness.  The faint discover fulfillment.  The foreigner experiences family.  The fighter receives fearlessness.  And, the flattened gains fortitude.

The videos below illustrate the feel of each world through a real life example:



The Fugitive





The Faint
                             


The Foreigner
    

The Fighter                   


The Flattened
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