Problems that Inspire

Christians will only be interested in our cause if we’re focused on addressing a problem they care about. Our rebellion from God is the cause of so many world problems today, but it might be the daily realities of those problems in the lives of God’s children which inspire action.


Our Mission Gap research presented Christians with the problems of our world in FIVE common ways, and we learned which perspectives inspire action.

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Problems that Connect

The following THREE messages connected strongly with Jesus followers for how they think about the problems of the world. Don’t think of these as phrases to copy and paste, but as a way of framing specific mission needs and opportunities to those you wish to inspire.

Separation from God Hurts the World
Humanity’s separation from God has left the world with terrible consequences of our rebellion. Rejection of the Creator and of His ways leaves people on their own and without hope.

The World is Broken
Something is very wrong with our world. It was not designed to be like this. Injustice and widespread hurt are too common for so many innocent people. This is not how humanity was created to live.

So Much More is Possible
People are not living abundantly with fulfilled, fruitful lives. They choose to compromise what is right, give in to worldly pressures, ignore what could be and ultimately forfeit the positive significance they were made for.


Other Tested Problems

The following TWO problem messages did not connect well with Jesus followers in most cultures.

Global Division is Rampant
People not only look out for their own interests, but aggressively impose them upon others. Human respect and dignity are lost as people put themselves above their communities, neighbourhoods, schools and even families.

No Choice. No Freedom.
In some places of the world men, women and children don’t have the opportunity to choose how to live, love or worship. They are kept from knowledge of how to live a better life, they live in bondage with no choice for a better future. No hope. No options. No freedom.

I have told you these things, so that in me you may have peace. In this world you will have trouble. But take heart! I have overcome the world.

John 16:33 (NIV)