This is a question evangelicals are facing in all Western countries, but especially in Western Europe. Tim Keller recently provided a masterclass in gracious apologetics when he spoke at the Parliamentary Prayer Breakfast in the Houses of Parliament in London. The event took place in Westminster Hall, which was built in
Keller explained that a city Gospel movement is a body of Christians and churches coming together across racial and denominational lines in a city, unified by the Gospel and a vision to reach that city.
Successful Gospel movements in cities, he said, can: Western secularism, which of course is present in all western cities, but actually western style individualism and secularism is also growing in the great global cities of the non-western world.
The reason why it presents a particular problem for evangelism is because this is the first non-Christian culture that is based on the rejection of Christianity," said Keller.
The meaning of life is to get rid of the idea that there is any kind of overarching moral norm or absolutes and to be free to live life any way you want," Keller explained.
He further explained that another challenge the Church is having is how to disciple people in a "digital, wired, trans-local culture. You must deny yourself and take up your cross and follow me. It says blessed are those who hunger and thirst after righteousness more than blessedness," said Keller.
So everybody knows that those narratives are contrary to the Christian way of thinking of things. He explained that when he was young, people were worried about the time they spent on television but social media has become even more dangerous. Despite the challenges, however, Keller explained that there is still a lot of hope in the Christian movement such as the rise of global Christianity.
So for example in America, 78 percent of all atheists are white, 70 percent are male. Women and non-white people in general are less individualistic. He noted that with 15—20 percent of Christians in every continent, Christianity is now the "first truly worldwide religion.
And because of the rise of global Christianity I think the future of Gospel city movements look bright," he said.
Christianity, said Keller, is also well-tailored to the individualistic culture. Evangelical Pentecostal Christianity is actually pretty well-adapted to individualistic society," Keller said. He then encouraged churches in cities to make sure their operations had multiethnic leadership, learn how to disciple people in the current culture and believe that evangelism in cities matter.
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