Of the people questioned, 57% called themselves Christians, 12% atheist and 9% agnostic; 9% called themselves practising Christians. Some 39% believed the Bible was God's word.
Some 60% believed Jesus was a real person; 21% believed He was God in human form; 30% believed He was a prophet or spiritual leader, but not God. Some 43% believed He rose from the dead.
Some 67% knew someone they perceived to be a practising Christian; 60% enjoyed the company of a Christian they knew. Some 58% had had a conversation about Jesus. After the conversation, 19% wanted to know more; 59% did not.
Some 72% of practising Christians felt confident to talk with non-Christians about Jesus.
● An enormous challenge; great opportunities. Prayer is essential.
● Christians are liked. Recognise it, challenging the prevailing negative media image of Christians.
● Encourage Christians to prioritise talk about Jesus to friends and family. One in five of them is open to Him.
● Discuss how we can establish as top priority making Jesus known to those who don't know Him.
● Support Christian parents in encouraging their children to follow Jesus.
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