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Weekly SNAC, 6 May 2018 - This article does NOT contain any movie ‘spoilers’

I’m sure you’ve all had the experience of someone inadvertently giving away a piece of crucial information for a movie that you haven’t seen yet. This ‘spoiler’ as it’s aptly named, really can spoil a whole movie. It’s almost impossible to forget that key piece of information and so we lose the opportunity to be truly surprised by the twists and turns of the plot. This week has a been a prime opportunity for spoilers to abound as people discuss the recent Marvel movie – Infinity War.I’m sure you’ve all had the experience of someone inadvertently giving away a piece of crucial information for a movie that you haven’t seen yet. This ‘spoiler’ as it’s aptly named, really can spoil a whole movie. It’s almost impossible to forget that key piece of information and so we lose the opportunity to be truly surprised by the twists and turns of the plot. This week has a been a prime opportunity for spoilers to abound as people discuss the recent Marvel movie – Infinity War.

Now before you start worrying about potential spoilers, I haven’t seen the movie and so I can guarantee there are no spoilers in this article. However, this is not true of all of the staff team at SNAC. In fact, most of our staff team are huge fans of the Marvel movies and were amongst the first to see the new movie. One member of the staff team even drove his whole family over 100km from their holiday location in rural NSW to see the movie at one of the earliest screenings! As you can imagine, our weekly staff meeting has been a dangerous place for me this week.

As we think about proclaiming Jesus in our local area, one of the challenges is the number of people who have a cultural background in Christianity. Many of these people have clearly not accepted Jesus as their Lord and Saviour and yet are unwilling to talk about Him because they think they already know the answers. It’s sad and frustrating because those ‘cultural spoilers’ have hardened their hearts against Jesus. One approach that I’ve found helpful in this case is to share a story that Jesus told. A great example is the parable of the Pharisee and the Tax Collector in Luke 18 because the ending is a surprise. The goal of this approach is to create a curiosity about Jesus and to encourage the person that perhaps they really do need to look at Jesus for themselves. If you want to give this approach a go, it’s best if you can spend some time preparing and practising so you can naturally re-tell the story in an engaging way. 

On the flip side, one of the great opportunities in our local area are the number of people who have a minimal (or even zero) knowledge of Jesus. It is often the case that these people are much more willing to read the Bible since they have no previous knowledge. This is also a challenge because they’re starting much further back. If you ask someone in this category to read the Bible with you, don’t be surprised if it takes a significant period of time before they begin to understand how everything fits together. However, as an extra encouragement to give it a go, you will find many benefits for yourself in reading the Bible with a first-time-reader. The reality is that the gospel story is full of incredible twists and turns that we can miss because of our over-familiarity with events. By asking someone new to the Bible to read with you, it gives you an opportunity to forget those many ‘spoilers’ and be amazed anew by our Lord and Saviour! 
    

Kevin Stepniewski