Presbyterians are often referred to as the 'Frozen Chosen".
In the online Dictionary of Christianese the term 'Frozen Chosen' is applied to denominations whose order of service are formal. It is also noted that the 'Frozen Chosen' are those "Christians who show very little emotion or excitement in their religious life." While I think these definitions fail to note the good Presbyterian focus on the sovereignty of God (the 'chosen' aspect), I do think these two meanings provide a reasonable definition and description of the people you are likely to encounter in the pews at St. Andrews.
We are the 'Frozen Chosen'. We are God's reserved and sometimes timid people.
So of all God's people, how are we going to participate in the great commission, beyond simply unlocking the church doors on a Sunday morning? How might God use our own natural tendencies and personalities in God's cross-cultural mission of evangelism and teaching?
I think that one thing we have going for us is that we are less apt to practise any forms of 'hit-and-run' or 'streaker' evangelism. That is, we are unlikely to interrupt strangers with unsolicited sales-pitches for the Christian faith. We are more likely to be sensitive to context and aware of the appropriateness of any conversations about meaning, or faith, or God.
I think that being somewhat introverted and thoughtful people we are also likely to engage people with questions as much as answers. That is, there is a greater likelihood that any talk of faith will be a discussion instead of a monologue.
Of course, there is a danger that we might be too cautious to ever jump into a discussion about faith; we may be too afraid to ever open up to what we have learned about God. If you are in this camp, you should know that while many people would bristle at you opening up Calvin's Institutes and talking about the 'depravity of man', many are interested in your journey of faith. More people than we imagine are interested in hearing about the experiences of our friends, even if they don't necessarily buy into everything that is said.
So how might you, a member of God's 'Frozen Chosen' begin a conversation about faith this week?
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