Challenges Facing Modern Christians

Topics: Christianity, Jesus, Christian terms Pages: 21 (5537 words) Published: June 24, 2013

ASSIGNMENT IN PARTIAL FULFILLMENT OF THE COURSE

ADVANCED WRITING (ENG 112)

CHALLENGES FACING MODERN CHRISTIANS

SUBMITTED BY: SUZANNE GITHAE (08-1697)

SCHOOL OF COMMUNICATION, LANGUAGES AND PERFORMING ARTS

DEPARTMENT OF COMMUNICATION

MAJOR: ELECTRONIC MEDIA

SUBMITTED TO: Dr. MUTHONI GACHARI

SCHOOL OF COMMUNICATION, LANGUAGES AND PERFORMING ARTS

DEPARTMENT OF LANGUAGE AND PERFORMING ARTS

DUE DATE: 23rd NOVEMBER 2012

DAYSTAR UNIVERSITY

NAIROBI CAMPUS

RELIGION

CHALLENGES FACING MODERN CHRISTIANS

Christians are facing many challenges in the contemporary world.

Christians are facing many challenges in the contemporary world such as competition of power among churches, sexual immorality, misinterpretation of doctrines, advancement in technology, negative influence of the media, modern lifestyles and above all preaching wealth and prosperity instead of Christ.

I. INTRODUCTION

A. Definition of terms

B. Background of Christianity

C. Thesis statement

II. CHALLENGES FACING MODERN CHRISTIANS

A. Competition of power among churches

1. Division of churches

2. Scandals in churches

B. Sexual immorality

1. Sex before marriage

2. Sex outside of marriage

3. Homosexuality

C. Misinterpretation of doctrines

1. Christianity and other religions

2. Creation versus evolution

D. Advancement in technology

1. Warfare

2. Abortion

3. Sex change

E. Negative influence of the media

1. Television programs

2. Radio stations

F. Prosperity gospel

1. Lavish lifestyle

2. Planting seeds

III. SOLUTIONS TO THE CHALLENGES FACING MODERN CHRISTIANS

A. Church unity

B. Sex education

C. Doctrine of Christ

D. Counseling.

E. Christian TV stations

F. Teachings salvation

IV. CONCLUSION

V. REFERENCE LIST

INTRODUCTION

Christianity is the belief in Jesus Christ as our Lord and savior. Woodhead (2004) says that Christianity is shaped around Jesus Christ through spiritual energy that is, the Holy Spirit. Furthermore Woodhead (2009) adds that Christianity shapes to the heart and mind with guidelines for the lives of individuals and societies. Christianity is not just a belief but a way of life. These guidelines are found in the Bible which Christians believe is holy and communicates the word of God as well as the life and the teachings of Jesus Christ whom we consider as the Messiah.

Christians have strong belief in life in the next world led by Jesus Christ. Jesus resurrected and therefore he will return to judge the living and the dead. Markham (2000) gives some basic elements of Christianity which include: God is absolutely transcendent, He is personal, He is incarnate and He is not cut off from the world he has made.

Walls (2000) as quoted in Juergensmeyer (2003) say, “Christians will be less significant for the future Christianity.” Modern day Christianity is losing its allure. We are in a contemporary age where so many religions have come up as well as different interpretations of doctrines. Due to the many churches that preach about modernity, Christians are confused on which gospel to follow. We have also become integrated in modern lifestyles and lost sight on what is more important and that is, the life God promised us through his son Jesus. The changing modern world is breaking or building Christian’s faith.

Bruce (1997) says, “modernization has changed the nature of religious beliefs and practices so as to reduce the relevance in the lives of...

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