At the Reformation500 Conference in Hong Kong, we have had the opportunity to chat with believers from around the country about various topics. One of the questions we have been asking is this: What are the key challenges facing believers in China today? Here are three common answers we have heard. So far . . .
- Culture. Chinese culture, with its emphasis on relationship and face and obligation can be a barrier to accepting the free gift offered in the gospel. People are like a piece of glass that is easily shattered when pressed or confronted.
- Consumerism/materialism. The drive to make money and have a successful career is strong in China. Everyone is seeking happiness, meaning, and redemption in the accumulation of wealth.
- Shallowness. Sometimes it is easy for people to declare their belief in the gospel, but it doesn’t go deep and take root in their hearts. It can be like a seed scattered on rocky ground.
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