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Essential Christian Truth
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Reaching Young People

Knowing GodThe Christian disco and the Christian coffee house might appear at first glance to be the same or at least very similar, but in actuality, they take quite different and distinctive approaches. The Christian disco, on the one hand, is basically a teaching vehicle of essential Christian truth. Its aim is to present a summary of the Gospel through Christian music and short talks. The Christian coffee house uses table talk as its chief vehicle for essential Christian truth, and in a sense, the music is secondary or even background.

The Didache

This process is like the early church's "Didache," also known as "the Teaching of the Twelve Apostles" dating back to the first century AD. This was the teaching of the Good News and told us who Jesus was, how he lived, died, rose again and why. The "Didache" was and is the core teaching or essential Christian truth as to what Jesus did and by extension what he is doing today through the work of the Holy Spirit. The setting and the mode may be modern, but the Christian truth is exactly that preached and gossiped by the first Christians in Galilee and Rome. This truth may be applied in a new language using contemporary thought forms and Christian music, but it is still the same as ever. The "Basic Principles" section will give further clarification. The Christian coffee house seeks to go much further than this basic teaching of essential truth in that it aims also to draw out a reaction from those who are listening. The Coffee House is therefore set out differently. The music is more subdued, and a much greater emphasis is placed upon conversation and counseling.

"Essential Christian truth"
by Ron Meacock © 1982-2019

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