SHARING MY FAITH IN A DE-SECULARISING WORLD IS FOCUSED UPON UNDERSTANDING AND REACHING MODERN WOMEN AND MEN WHO ARE LARGELY NON CHRISTIAN IN ORIGIN. IT CAN BE CUSTOMISED TO VARIOUS CULTURES BUT USES THE SAME STRUCTURE THAT IS OUTLINED BELOW.
PART ONE THE FERRYMAN'S BELL
In 1886, Anton Chekov’s short story, Easter Eve was published in the St. Petersburg daily newspaper, Novoye Vremya. The central character in this story is a monk called Leronym a Ferryman who carries passengers across the Gotva River. He would engage in conversation with his passengers and on this evening he shares his story with a man crossing the river on Easter Eve to visit the Church on the other bank.
Leronym shares his story about his closest friend, monk Nikola who died recently. Nikola was a genius and produced a catalogue of stunning Akathist hymns. The problem was that no one other than Leronym ever knew of their existence.
The short story ends with this melancholy note that whilst the world was coming and going from social events like Easter Eve at the Church, great ideas, great concepts and beautiful works remain unknown.
The Ferryman’s Bell is designed to empower and train Christians committed to listen to travellers as they cross the rivers of life and engage with their ideas.
PART TWO - THE FERRYMAN'S ANCHOR
The Ferryman's Anchor is based upon a set of clear concepts within which the Gospel and Evangelism is rooted.
1. The Exclusivity of Jesus
2. The Proclamation of the Message that the Lord Jesus Christ in His Incarnation came to bring His Authority to all areas that pertain to Heaven and Earth.
3. That individual salvation through the forgiveness of sins acts as an entry point to Christian living.
PART THREE - THE FERRYMAN'S COMPASS
The Ferryman's Compass is based upon the concept that the Gospel both creates direction and follows direction.
1. Vast numbers of Spiritually Creative Non Christians exist in social spaces that were previously secular. This reality effects how the Gospel is applied.
2. The Religious consensus that previously existed in society has all but disappeared and as a result the Gospel is applied with new semantic indecies.
PART FOUR - THE FERRYMAN'S WHEEL
The Ferryman's Wheel is a metaphor for taking the direction given by the compass and actually steering the ship towards Home. This involves developing a Spirituality which allows the message of the Gospel to travel along in dealing with those we seek to win and influence.
1. Spiritual Purity in heart and mind.
2. Spiritual Reality in daily disciplines and practices.
3. Confronting spiritual darkness and peoples lives.
4. The Gospel as a means of deep spiritual healing.