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"Leave the Walls" by Ron Hutchcraft

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"Leave the Walls" by Ron Hutchcraft

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"Leave the Walls" by Ron Hutchcraft

┬а Reaching the Global Youth Culture: How to Understand
and Rescue Lost Young People (Day 8 of 15) ┬а
They are the largest generation of young people in history, the most unreached generation in history, and the most reachable generation in history. If today's young people leave their early years without Christ, they will probably live without Christ, die without Christ, and spend eternity without Christ! No one who has answered Jesus' call to "go into all the world and preach the good news" (Mark 16:15) can ignore half the world - especially the half who are, by far, most likely to come to Christ. It's time to rescue lost young people!
Day 8 - Leave the Walls
Last time we found that the issue of the "how" is secondary to the issue of the heart. What qualified Nehemiah to be God's person to challenge the enemy and rebuild what had been broken down was a broken heart. In the battle for the next generation, it will be your broken heart that propels you into a battle you may have never thought you would fight. God responds to a broken heart, He hears the prayers of someone who cares, and He begins to plant in that person's heart a dream and a plan for how to meet the need.
Will you leave the station and plunge into the storm and the surf where they are?
The Bible tells us that the heroic men of Isaachar first "understood their times," then they "knew what Israel should do." Having tried to understand what is happening in the hearts of lost young people in these unprecedented times, we are ready to pursue what to do to rescue them where they are.
After so many years of praying and working to reach young people in North America and on four continents, and after watching young people become the "sheep without a shepherd" of today, I believe there are principles for reaching them that are universal and that transcend culture and race - especially in a young world that is increasingly tied together by one global youth culture.
Let's discuss eight imperatives to rescue dying young people.
1. Leave the walls.
When Jesus wanted to reach Samaritans, "He had to go through Samaria" (John 4:4). It was always His strategy to go where the dying people were, not to wait for them to come to Him - just as every rescuer has to do. The mission statement of Jesus was that "the Son of Man came to seek and to save what was lost" (Luke 19:10). You can't save them if you don't seek them! That means presenting the Gospel, not in a religious setting where you feel comfortable, but in a neutral setting where a lost young person feels comfortable. To recall the heroes of the Life-Saving Service, you don't sit in the Life-Saving Station and wait for the dying people to come; you leave the station and plunge into the storm and the surf where they are!
To connect with the young people who need us most, we need to meet them in their world - on the basketball court, on the street, at the skate park, at school activities, where they shop, on Facebook, or on the Internet. Wherever possible, we should get Christian adults involved in roles that will bring them into natural contact with unreached young people - helping at school events, providing transportation, teaching, coaching, or tutoring.
Once we take the risk to leave the safety of the Life-Saving Station, we will be right where Jesus wants us to be - outside the walls where the dying people are.
Tomorrow, we will discuss the importance of focusing on Jesus by sticking to Him and His cross.
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