This morning I started working on reading for my summer classes. I am taking World Religions and a Communication Skills in Ministry class. The first book I am tackling is Connecting Christ: How to Discuss Jesus in a World of Diverse Paths by Paul Louis Metzger, one of my teachers. It is a book on modeling a relational-incarnational approach to do apologetics in our postmodern and multi-faith society.
I’m only into the third chapter and I felt compelled to write a response that this approach of apologetics is valuable, especially for those of us in youth ministry. Modeling Christ-like relationships of love, self-sacrifice, and grace for those who are younger is a good way to show faith through our actions, speech, and habits. It reminds me of 2 Corinthians 3:3 when Paul wrote, ‘”You show that you are a letter from Christ, the result of our ministry, written not with ink but with the Spirit of the living God, not on tablets of stone but on tablets of human hearts.”
All the results of our ministry based not only in biblical exposition of Scriptures, but in being a transparent book to our students- who are desperately in need of good relationships with adults- are because of God’s work in our own lives. Stay close to the Father and be in relationship with your students so that Christ’s light will shine for them through your teaching and life.
Here’s my “Connecting Christ” Book Review